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The Imperial Army, also known as the Imperial Forces or Imperial ground forces, was the land-based branch of the Galactic Empire's military. The stormtroopers, the Empire's elite shock troops were organized under the Stormtrooper Corps, which operated as part of the army.[7][8] It also depended on mechanized vehicles such as the bipedal All Terrain Scout Transport[9] and the heavier, quadrupedal All Terrain Armored Transport.[10]


The Imperial Army originated from the Galactic Republic's Grand Army of the Republic, and served as the Empire's ground forces for maintaining control of the countless worlds under the New Order.[11]


The Imperial Army had its own infantry, distinct from the stormtroopers. These troopers were made up of a mixture of conscripts and enlistees and used to garrison planets. They were generally less committed to remaining loyal to the Empire than the stormtroopers.[2]

The Imperial Army also had Imperial combat drivers who operated its vehicles. Imperial Army officers wore identical uniforms to their naval counterparts, however when on the field they would sometimes wear a field grey chestplate similar in design to those worn by snowtroopers. They would also wear helmets similar to those worn by AT-ST drivers.[11]




The Imperial Forces on Endor





The Imperial Army also maintained numerous TIE/LN starfighters for combat use in planetary atmospheres. As a result, TIE fighter pilots in the Imperial Army were nicknamed ground-hogs unlike their Imperial Navy counterpart, the vac-heads. Since vac-heads maintained better public recognition through the HoloNet News, a bitter rivalry existed between the two branches, with each having their own anthem and bars at Imperial flight bases in order to avoid conflict. However the Bright Jewel Oversector Flight Base did not separate its bar between the branches, in one instance resulting in members of Nashtah Squadron to provoke other members of the Imperial Navy by singing the Ground-hog anthem.[29]


Imperial Army poster

A propaganda poster for the Imperial Army.

Non-Canon appearancesEdit


Notes and referencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Tarkin
  2. 2.0 2.1 Lords of the Sith
  3. Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know
  4. TwitterLogo @HolocronKeeper (Leland Chee) on Twitter. “0 10 10-13 13 27 32 35 36” (screenshot)—The tweet in question refers to the number of in-universe years between the canon films and television shows. Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith, in which this event takes place, is set as Year 13. Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope, in which the Battle of Yavin takes place, is set as Year 32. Using simple math, we can deduce that this event took place nineteen years before the Battle of Yavin.
  5. Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith
  6. Before the Awakening
  7. Star Wars Rebels: Rebel Journal by Ezra Bridger
  8. Star Wars: Galactic Defense
  9. Encyclopedia-Logo AT-ST walker in the Encyclopedia (link now obsolete; backup link on
  10. Encyclopedia-Logo AT-AT walker in the Encyclopedia (link now obsolete; backup link on
  11. 11.0 11.1 Star Wars Rebels: The Visual Guide
  12. Star Wars 1: Skywalker Strikes
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 13.4 13.5 13.6 13.7 13.8 13.9 Star Wars: Commander
  14. 14.0 14.1 Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
  15. Rebels-mini-logo Star Wars Rebels – "Breaking Ranks"
  16. 16.0 16.1 Star Wars: Galactic Defense
  17. Darth Vader 8: Shadows and Secrets, Part II
  18. *SWInsider "Blade Squadron: Kuat"—Star Wars Insider 168
  19. Star Wars 2: Skywalker Strikes, Part II
  20. Star Wars Rebels: Recon Missions
  21. Shattered Empire, Part III
  22. Rebels-mini-logo Star Wars Rebels – "Hera's Heroes"
  23. Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith
  24. Star Wars 3: Skywalker Strikes, Part III
  25. Star Wars 4: Skywalker Strikes, Part IV
  26. Rebels-mini-logo Star Wars Rebels – "Shroud of Darkness"
  27. Battlefront: Twilight Company
  28. Star Wars: Rogue One: The Ultimate Visual Guide
  29. SWInsider "Last Call at the Zero Angle"—Star Wars Insider 156

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