Wednesday, February 13, 2013

A Little Levity...

There's plenty more doom 'n' gloom to come, but this showed up on my inbox earlier from friend and blog shoot/dinner attendee Andrew, and it made me laugh...

Inside the Battle of Hoth
How did the Galactic Empire ever cement its hold on the Star Wars Universe? The war machine built by Emperor Palpatine and run by Darth Vader is a spectacularly bad fighting force, as evidenced by all of the pieces of Death Star littering space. But of all the Empire’s failures, none is a more spectacular military fiasco than the Battle of Hoth at the beginning of The Empire Strikes Back.
Yes, you got it, they do a full deconstruction of the military battle in the second Star Wars movie. It's a real, honest-to-goodness look at the tactics involved in the battle, complete with an analysis of the plan's weaknesses and where they went wrong. It's chock-full of sci-fi geekery and goodness, but the real winner was the very first comment:
Have you even served with the Imperial forces? Sure it's easy to take potshots from your military blog in some no-name star system while the fleet and its legions fight the rebel insurgents, but combined space/air/ground operations are a lot messier than any infographic could ever portray.
Even with the Empire's full spectrum dominance of the battlespace, you can't just leverage fleet assets which are optimized for ship-to-ship combat into a large scale ground invasion force. A Star Destroyer might have more firepower than the entire militaries of less advanced worlds but you still need a proper ground assault ship to support infantry landings.
Unfortunately, the do-nothing blowhards in Coruscant couldn't get funding for the promising alternative designs from Sienar Fleet Systems and we ended up (as usual) with Kuat Drive Yards' overpriced, overdue, and underperforming AT-AT mess.
I stand in awe of you, sir. Huzzah!

That is all.


Dave H said...

Can't argue with most of that. The Rebels I'd expect to do something dumb like lock themselves in with a forcefield, but the Empire's got some 'splainin to do.

How come surplus Imperial blast rifles never show up at gun shows? They're not regulated.

Sigivald said...

Also, I imagine they wanted prisoners (Luke and Leia, because remember Vader knows they're his kids, and part of his plot to either continue the Empire with them as Sith converts, or to subvert it and overthrow the Emperor).

Otherwise they could have just bombarded it from orbit until they overwhelmed the pitiful shield generators.

(There's a reason they didn't bombard from orbit after the AT-ATs took out the shields, remember...)

Of course they took a lot of casualties - they were trying to capture high-value prisoners, not just destroy a base.

Old NFO said...

Snerk, somebody had WAY too much time on their hands... AGAIN! :-)