THE DARK TIMES
When Agent Kallus and the Empire tracked the Ghost crew to Seelos, they brought with them a new kind of weapon: the AT-AT. Massive and powerful, the rebels’ clone trooper friends were impressed with the four-legged tanks’ advances in engineering, armor, and firepower. Their modified AT-TE was no match.
Three of the transports were dispatched in total, chasing the rebels into a blinding sandstorm. Through the Force, Kanan the Jedi was able to “see” the walkers and advised the clones on where and when to strike. It proved to be a successful strategy, as a direct hit to the neck of the nearest AT-AT sent the vehicle toppling. Once out of the sandstorm, the battle continued. Zeb, Kanan, and Ezra eventually commandeered one of the walkers, helping Captain Rex to destroy the only remaining AT-AT, and Kallus ordered a hasty retreat.
GALACTIC CIVIL WAR
AT-ATs drove the Empire’s assault on the Rebel base during the Battle of Hoth. The gigantic combat vehicles were air-dropped onto the snowy world, where they marched toward the command center and were met by Rebel defenses. Snowspeeders first attempted to blast the AT-ATs, but the walkers' armor proved too strong. Commander Luke Skywalker ordered his squadron to use harpoons and tow cables, tying the legs of the hulking transports. Though this tactic proved effective at toppling a walker, the Rebels were ultimately unable to stop the Empire’s advance. General Veers, leading the surface attack, targeted and destroyed the Rebel base’s main power generator. Imperial forces, along with Darth Vader, entered the base -- though most Rebels had been able to escape.
The Empire’s combat drivers are trained to handle everything in the Imperial ground arsenal, but AT-AT pilots see themselves as elite, controlling their massive four-footed assault vehicles in combat against Rebel targets. While driving early models of their massive walking tanks, AT-AT pilots nearly annihilated the Ghost crew and three surviving clones on Seelos, and later obeyed General Veers’ orders during the Empire’s advance on Hoth’s Echo Base, destroying numerous snowspeeders and blasting apart the Rebels’ ground defenses.
Luke Skywalker was a Tatooine farmboy who rose from humble beginnings to become one of the greatest Jedi the galaxy has ever known. Along with his friends Princess Leia and Han Solo, Luke battled the evil Empire, discovered the truth of his parentage, and ended the tyranny of the Sith. A generation later, the location of the famed Jedi master was one of the galaxy’s greatest mysteries.
Secluded in a remote corner of the galaxy, the forest moon of Endor would easily have been overlooked by history were it not for the decisive battle that occurred there. The lush, forest home of the Ewok species is the gravesite of Darth Vader and the Empire itself. It was here that the Rebel Alliance won its most crucial victory over the Galactic Empire.