GALACTIC CIVIL WAR
During the Galactic Civil War, Yavin 4 was a location of one of the Rebel Alliance’s principal bases. Princess Leia Organa refused to divulge the location of the Yavin base, then fled there aboard the Millennium Falcon after her rescue from the Death Star.
The Imperial battle station tracked the Falcon to the Yavin system, and the Alliance sent up squadrons of starfighters in a desperate attempt to destroy it. Luke Skywalker’s proton torpedo blasted the Death Star into atoms, giving the Alliance a critical victory and making the Battle of Yavin a milestone in galactic history. After a brief celebration, the rebels abandoned the base before the Empire could strike back.
The Rebel Alliance stood bravely against the evil of the Galactic Empire, never backing down despite overwhelming odds. Formed from resistance movements that arose during the Clone Wars, the Rebellion worked in secret for decades to overthrow the Emperor and restore democracy to the galaxy. Eventually, armed with the firepower of ships like the X-wing and A-wing, and the leadership of figures including Princess Leia and Admiral Ackbar, the Rebel Alliance triumphed over the Empire at the Battle of Endor.
General Jan Dodonna served as the military leader of the Rebel base on Yavin 4. The veteran officer devised the daring plan to penetrate the Death Star's defenses with starfighters, and then directed the attack on the battle station's vulnerable thermal exhaust port.
A young rebel pilot at the Battle of Yavin, Wedge Antilles survived the attack on the first Death Star to become a respected veteran of Rogue Squadron. He piloted a snowspeeder in the defense of Echo Base on Hoth, and led Red Squadron in the rebel attack on the second Death Star above Endor.
Biggs Darklighter grew up on Tatooine with Luke Skywalker, and shared his friend's dreams of escaping the dull desert world. After graduating from the Imperial Academy, he defected from the Empire's service to join the Rebellion. He and Luke were reunited at Yavin 4's Rebel base, and flew together against the Death Star. Luke returned from that mission as a hero, but Biggs did not survive.
Princess Leia Organa was one of the Rebel Alliance’s greatest leaders, fearless on the battlefield and dedicated to ending the tyranny of the Empire. Daughter of Padmé Amidala and Anakin Skywalker, sister of Luke Skywalker, and with a soft spot for scoundrels, Leia ranks among the galaxy’s great heroes.
The Death Star was the Empire’s ultimate weapon: a moon-sized space station with the ability to destroy an entire planet. But the Emperor and Imperial officers like Grand Moff Tarkin underestimated the tenacity of the Rebel Alliance, who refused to bow to this technological terror…