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"Get all our forces down to that Resistance base. Let's finish this."
―Kylo Ren orders General Hux to deploy First Order ground forces on Crait[src]

The First Order army was the ground-based service branch of the First Order military. Formed from the Imperial Army of the Galactic Empire, it was responsible for maintaining order throughout First Order space as well as the gradual conquest and colonization of the Unknown Regions.

History

"They also said that someone called Kylo Ren was leading the First Order army. Does that name mean anything to you?"
"You could say that. General Organa will want to hear about this immediately."
Kazuda Xiono and Ello Asty[src]
First Order Stormtrooper Slider

First Order stormtroopers observing the firing of Starkiller Base

Following the defeat of the Galactic Empire at the Battle of Jakku and its surrender with the signing of the Galactic Concordance, the First Order and its military eventually formed in the Unknown Regions where it plotted its eventual return to power.[2] The First Order army[10] was descended from the Imperial Army, which served as the ground forces of the "Old Empire."[4] The Army was responsible for enforcing order throughout First Order space and the colonization of the Unknown Regions.[2]

During the cold war, the stormtroopers of the First Order's army saw action against the Resistance on various locations and operations including Ovanis,[11] Spalex,[12] the search for Lor San Tekka,[11] and the quelling of the strike at Pressy's Tumble.[4] In 34 ABY, First Order stormtroopers were also deployed during the attack on Tuanul and the search for the map that lead to Luke Skywalker.[1] The First Order's army was led by General Armitage Hux, who also commanded Starkiller Base.[2]

Substantial First Order army forces including walkers were stationed on the snowy planet, which doubled as a superweapon. The First Order's army and other branches including the First Order Navy were involved in the construction of the massive superweapon. Following the Hosnian Cataclysm, First Order stormtroopers saw action against the Resistance during the Battle of Takodana. The First Order military sustained many casualties during the Battle of Starkiller Base.[1]

During the Battle of Crait, significant First Order ground forces including stormtroopers, snowtroopers, AT-ATs, AT-STs, All Terrain MegaCaliber Six walkers, All Terrain Heavy Haulers, and a Superlaser siege cannon assaulted the Resistance outpost on Crait.[13]

Organization

Stormtroopers on the Supremacy

First Order stormtroopers served a variation of specializations

The First Order army[10] was largely composed of stormtroopers, which had several variants that included[14] snowtroopers,[15] SCUBA troopers,[16] megablaster heavy assault troopers, flametroopers,[1] riot control stormtroopers,[17] rocket troopers,[9] First Order stormtrooper executioners,[13] and First Order stormtrooper gunners.[18]

Other positions in the army included First Order officers[1] and the subset of vehicle commanders, First Order walker pilots, engineers, and gunners.[19]

Rank structure

Both infantry and armored units was commanded by trained officers. From squad leader to Supreme Leader, many different ranks existed in the First Order's military with various levels of power.[2]

Vehicles and machinery

AT-M6 Databank

An All Terrain MegaCaliber Six

The First Order army employed a variety of ground assets for their ground operations. It used an arsenal of walkers for transportation, artillery, and other objectives. Such walkers included the All Terrain MegaCaliber Six, the First Order All Terrain Armored Transport, the All Terrain Heavy Hauler,[3] the All Terrain Mobile Artillery,[1] the First Order All Terrain Scout Transport,[9] the All Terrain Patrol Droid,[20] the All Terrain Heavy Scout,[13] the mobile assault walker,[21] and the spider walker.[22]

The Army also made use of other vehicles, including the elite speeder bike,[23] First Order Treadspeeder,[24] the Light Infantry Utility Vehicle,[1] and the one man troop transport.[25] The Army was also equipped with a superlaser siege cannon that served as an artillery piece.[3]

Weapons and equipment

Laser ax

A stormtrooper executioner wielding a laser ax

The First Order army possessed a variety of weapons and equipment. Ranged weapons included DLT-19D heavy blaster rifle,[26] the FWMB-10 repeating blaster[1] and its variant, the FWMB-10K, the RK-3,[9] the SE-44C blaster pistol, and the F-11D blaster rifle.[1] The Army's weapons arsenal also consisted of the F-Z0 antipersonnel blaster cannon,[18] the D-93 Incinerator flamethrower,[1] and the Smart Rocket.[9]

The Army was also equipped with melee weapons, which included the Z6 riot control baton,[1] the Laser ax,[3] the Electrostaff,[4] the riot shield,[2] and the Vibro-knife.[27] Equipment deployed by the Army incorporated quadnoculars,[17] Jump Packs,[11] pauldrons,[1] and thermal detonators.[17]

Appearances

Sources

Notes and references

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 1.15 Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 2.9 Star Wars: The Force Awakens: The Visual Dictionary
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Star Wars: Episode VIII The Last Jedi
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 Before the Awakening
  5. PHOTOS: New Sith Trooper Merchandise Marches Into Disneyland Resort. Archived from the original on September 7, 2019. Retrieved on September 4, 2019.
  6. Galaxy's Edge 1
  7. Star Wars: The Last Jedi: Expanded Edition
  8. Star Wars: The Force Awakens: A Junior Novel
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 Star Wars Battlefront II
  10. 10.0 10.1 SWResistanceLogo Star Wars Resistance – "The Children from Tehar"
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 Poe Dameron 1: Black Squadron, Part I
  12. Poe Dameron 17: War Stories, Part I
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 Star Wars: The Last Jedi: The Visual Dictionary
  14. StarWars-DatabankII First Order Stormtroopers in the Databank (backup link)
  15. StarWars-DatabankII First Order Snowtroopers in the Databank (backup link)
  16. SWResistanceLogo Star Wars Resistance – "No Escape: Part 1"
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 Star Wars: The Force Awakens novelization
  18. 18.0 18.1 Star Wars: The Force Awakens: Incredible Cross-Sections
  19. Star Wars: The Last Jedi: Incredible Cross-Sections
  20. Star Wars: On the Front Lines
  21. HasbroInverted Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Pack: Assault Walker)
  22. Join the Resistance: Escape from Vodran
  23. HasbroInverted Star Wars: The Force Awakens (toy line) (Pack: Elite Speeder Bike with Special Edition Stormtrooper)
  24. TwitterLogo Discussing Film (@DiscussingFilm) on Twitter "The first look at the First Order Treadspeeder in 'STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER' has been officially revealed at #SWCC."
  25. Poe Dameron 2: Black Squadron, Part II
  26. Galaxy's Edge 4
  27. Poe Dameron 7: The Gathering Storm
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