- "If this mission fails, then the Rebellion must go on. The rebel fleet, the rebel army— they'll be gone. But the rebel spirit will still exist."
- ―Mon Mothma
The rebel army, also known as the Alliance army, was a military branch containing the ground forces of the Alliance to Restore the Republic. Ranking members of the Rebel army could be identified by a pips with green markings. Eventually, it was replaced by the New Republic army.
The rebel army was the ground forces of the Alliance to Restore the Republic, which had been founded by Mon Mothma in 2 BBY to organize the various rebel cells and factions scattered across the galaxy. In 0 BBY, General Davits Draven assigned various rebel ground units including a platoon of Special Forces marines led by Lieutenant Taidu Sefla and the Pathfinders to support Operation Fracture depending on what happened on Jedha. Members of the Special Forces' Extraction Team Bravo later rescued Jyn Erso from the Imperial prison on Wobani. Alliance ground forces including the unsanctioned Rogue One squad later saw action during the Battle of Scarif.
Rebel ground forces including the Sixty-First Mobile Infantry or "Twilight Company" saw action against General Maximillian Veers' elite Blizzard Force during the Battle of Hoth in 3 ABY. Rebel infantry, artillery, and snowspeeders fought in the defense of Echo Base but were overwhelmed by Blizzard Force's AT-AT walkers.  Twilight Company also saw action during several campaigns of the Galactic Civil War including the Mid Rim Retreat, Operation Ringbreaker, and the Siege of Inyusu Tor. During the Mid Rim Retreat, the Bitter Pill Company, Twenty-First company, and the aquatic Sixty-Eighth Infantry were deployed in various diversionary actions against the Imperial Army.
During the Battle of Endor, General Han Solo led a strike team to Endor to disable the second Death Star's shield generator. Solo's strike team forged an alliance with local Ewok tribes and succeeded in storming the Imperial base and destroying the shield generator. This turned the tide of the battle against the Empire, leading to the death of Emperor Palpatine and Darth Vader.
The morning after the Battle of Endor, General Solo led the Pathfinders on an attack against an Imperial outpost on the far side of Endor. Though the Pathfinders and their Ewok allies eliminated the Imperial holdout, Solo warned that the war was far from over. Solo later led the Pathfinders on a raid against an Imperial Security Bureau black site at the Wretch of Tayron. As a result of the raid, the Alliance obtained intelligence about the Emperor's posthumous Operation: Cinder.
- "Bitter Pill Company"
- Sixty-Eighth Infantry "Fisheye Company"
- The Sixty-First Mobile Infantry "Twilight Company"
- Twenty-First company
- Alliance Special Forcess
The rebel army was composed of a variety of different soldiers and mercenaries. The Imperial occupations of many species' homeworlds resulted in an abundance of warriors native to those worlds to enlist in the rebel army. Such warriors included Drabatan Saboteurs, Iakaru Warriors, Wookiee Warriors, and Gigoran Fighters. The rebel trooper was one of the standard types of trooper used by the army.
The rebel army maintained several elite troopers for their operations. Such troopers included the Ithorian Infiltrator, the Bufopel Protector, the Rebel pathfinder, the Rebel Commando the Rebel Honor Guard and the Rebel Marine.
The army of the Alliance was composed of a wide array of specialized soldiers that specialized in certain weapons, missions, or tactics. For heavy ordnances, the Alliance's army employed the Heavy Soldier, the Cold-weather Heavy Soldier, the Heavy Desert Soldier, the Rebel Vanguard, the Quarren Heavy Gunner, the Sullustan Demolition, and the Special-weapons flamethrower. The army also utilized jetpack-equipped soldiers such as the Jetpack Trooper, the Arctic Jetpack Trooper, the Desert Jetpack Trooper, the Forest Jetpack Trooper, the Ishi Tib Jetpack Trooper, and the rocket-jumper.
The army also made use of several types of sniper-equipped troopers, including the Rebel Marksman, the Rodian Sniper, and the Sullustan Recon Sharpshooter. The rebel army also had mounted troopers, which consisted of the Bantha Rider and the Tauntaun Rider.
Vehicles and machineryEdit
The vehicles of the rebel army originated from varied sources. In addition to their own vehicles, the rebel army obtained several that dated back to the Clone Wars to both the Galactic Republic and the Confederacy of Independent Systems, and the army also supplemented its forces with stolen Imperial vehicles such as the All Terrain Armored Transport, the All Terrain Scout Transport, the AT-DT, and the TX-225 GAVw "Occupier" combat assault tank. Clone Wars-era vehicles included the Republic's All Terrain Tactical Enforcer, the All Terrain Recon Transport, the AT-AP, and the Confederacy's Armored Assault Tank and IG-227 Hailfire-class droid tank. In addition, the the Clone Wars-era and Imperial vehicles were supplemented by the army's Arrow-23, Heavy Tracker, Freerunner, Ultra-Light Assault Vehicle, Juggernaut, T2-B Repulsor Tank, MLC-3 light tank, the Endor Forest Ranger, the 74-Z speeder bike, X-34 landspeeder, and the T-47 airspeeder.
In addition, the rebel army also heavily modified vehicles to better suit their purposes. Several of these modified vehicles included the Elite AT-TE, the Anti-Vehicle Skiff, and the Cold-weather Hailfire Droid. Also in its arsenal, the army utilized stationary artillery pieces. Such weapons included the 1.4 FD P-Tower, the DF.9 turret placement, the V-232 artillery emplacement, the V-120 artillery emplacement, and the v-150 Planet Defender.
Weapons and equipmentEdit
The rebel army was well equipped with a variety of infantry weapons such as blaster rifles, which included the A280 blaster rifle, the A280C blaster rifle, the A-300 blaster rifle, the A280-CFE blaster, the A-300 blaster rifle, the A310 rifle, the DH-17 blaster rifle the E-5C, and at times the stolen E-11 blaster rifle. Members of the rebel army also used the DH-17 blaster pistol, the A180 pistol, the DLT-20A laser rifle, the M-45 repeating ion blaster, the Vulk TAU-6-23 "Blastmill" rotary blaster cannon, the Z-6 rotary blaster cannon, and the Mark II medium repeating blaster cannon.
- Star Wars: Complete Locations
- Star Wars: Rogue One: The Ultimate Visual Guide
- Star Wars: Rogue One: Rebel Dossier
- Star Wars: On the Front Lines
- Star Wars: The Rebel Files (First identified as Alliance army)
Notes and referencesEdit
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Return of the Jedi: Beware the Power of the Dark Side!
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 Star Wars: The Rebel Files
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 Star Wars: Rogue One: The Ultimate Visual Guide
- ↑ Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.6 Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 6.6 Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 7.2 Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi
- ↑ The Star Wars Rebels episode "Secret Cargo" reveals that the Alliance to Restore the Republic was formed in 2 BBY. Therefore the Rebel army must have been formed in or after the year 2 BBY.
- ↑ 9.0 9.1 9.2 Aftermath
- ↑ Star Wars Rebels – "Secret Cargo"
- ↑ 11.0 11.1 Star Wars: Rogue One: Rebel Dossier
- ↑ 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 12.4 12.5 12.6 12.7 Battlefront: Twilight Company
- ↑ 13.0 13.1 Shattered Empire, Part I
- ↑ Shattered Empire, Part III
- ↑ 15.0 15.1 15.2 Star Wars 13: Vader Down, Part III
- ↑ Star Wars: Complete Locations
- ↑ 17.0 17.1 17.2 17.3 17.4 Star Wars: Galactic Defense
- ↑ Smuggler's Run: A Han Solo & Chewbacca Adventure
- ↑ 19.00 19.01 19.02 19.03 19.04 19.05 19.06 19.07 19.08 19.09 19.10 19.11 Star Wars: Commander
- ↑ 20.0 20.1 20.2 20.3 Star Wars Battlefront
- ↑ 21.0 21.1 21.2 Star Wars Battlefront II
- ↑ 22.0 22.1 Ultimate Star Wars
- ↑ Star Wars: The Last Jedi – The Storms of Crait 1
- ↑ Star Wars Rebels – "An Inside Man"