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Imperial officer battle armor[4] was field armor[1] worn over the uniform of an Imperial officer[2] that consisted of a blast helmet and torso armor,[5] with a rank insignia plaque on the chest plate's upper left side and an officer's disk on either side of the helmet.[2] The armor was color-matched to the underlying uniform and there were two basic variations.[6][7][2] Officers of the 224th Imperial Armored Division wore the chest plates minus the helmets during the Mimban campaign.[8] An earlier variation in use[7] by the year 4 BBY[9][7] whose chest plate and helmet was identical to that of an Imperial combat driver, minus the faceplate. Grand Moff Wilhuff Tarkin donned a gray version of this variant when confronting Kanan Jarrus after his capture on Lothal.[7] Officer Viggen wore the same variant during his skirmish with Commander Ryden on Imvur.[10]

A second variant was later brought into use that consisted of a snowtrooper's chest armor and back plate and a helmet nearly identical to that of an AT-ST driver, along with a pair of goggles and a holster.[11] The one worn by Grand Admiral Thrawn was white, with golden shoulder boards similar to the ones on his regular tunic.[6] Governor Arihnda Pryce wore one during a mission with Rukh.[12] During the Battle of Hoth, General Maximilian Veers wore olive battle armor,[2] as well as a utility belt that contained mission data.[5]

During the New Republic Era, the chest armor have been painted as a symbol of a pirate gang the Warbird gang on the back with the glowing red eyes and the weird symbol on the front, on the left pad painted two stripes, and the blast helmet painted one stripe on the middle as the armor and the helmet wears by its leader Captain Kragan Gorr.[3]

Behind the scenes[]

Imperial officer battle armor was originally created for the 1980 film Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back.[2] It was first identified in the episode guide for "Zero Hour,"[4] the the twenty-first and twenty-second episodes of the animated series Star Wars Rebels' third season,[6] which originally aired on March 25, 2017.[13][14]

John Mollo explored several options for the Imperial generals in The Empire Strikes Back. At one time, Veers was dubbed a "field commander" and was to appear in an Imperial tunic adorned with heavy decorative edging and multiple insignia, paired with an elaborate gorget in place of body armor. Several styles of headgear were also considered, including a wide-profile earphone cap and a decorated Imperial field cap. Mollo's final design for Veers during Battle of Hoth used elements of the snowtrooper costume for visual continuity within the Imperial ranks.[11]

Over his standard Imperial uniform, Veers wore the same vacuum-formed chest, back, and belly armor as snowtroopers. However, his armor was colored olive to match his officer uniform and finished with different greeblies than those on snowtrooper armor. Imperial-rank insignia bars were also added to match Veers' dress uniform. Finally, a sidearm holster attached to the belt ensured the general was ready for combat. Like his body armor, Veers' helmet was made from the same mold as the snowtrooper helmet, so it had the same basic shape. However, it did not have the eyepiece or vinyl bib installed in the front, and the olive helmet had more decorative elements greeblies than its snowtrooper counterpart. An aluminum bar ran down the back of the helmet, along with an intricate greeblie mounted on the temple and two small "Imperial discs" on either side of the bottom corners. The interior of the helmet was also finished with olive vinyl as it was visible on camera. It was augmented with a pair of dark goggles, a chinstrap, and microphone piece. Only two helmets were created for production, but they were used as a basis for the AT-ST driver helmets created for Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi.[11]


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