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"I don't understand. Why did these troopers attack us?"
―Clone trooper Dogma, inquiring about the tragic friendly-fire incident[src]

In 20 BBY, during the Battle of Umbara during the Clone Wars between the Confederacy of Independent Systems and the Galactic Republic,[1] Clone Lieutenant[2] Waxer of the Grand Army of the Republic's 212th Attack Battalion was in command of a platoon as platoon leader.

During the Grand Army of the Republic's campaign on the Expansion Regions world of Umbara, Waxer's platoon received information from Jedi General Pong Krell that the Umbarans had destroyed a clone unit and were disguised with their armor and equipment. However, the exact same information had been given to Clone Captain CT-7567 of the 501st Legion.The resulting battle resulted in heavy casualties for both sides, until it was realized that both forces were actually clones. Although they had at this point lost their platoon commander, the platoon, along with the surviving element of the 501st, combined to apprehend General Krell for treason.[1]

DescriptionEdit

The platoon comprised of 36 clone troopers divided into four squads[4] of the 212th Attack Battalion who were equipped with phase II clone trooper armor emblazoned with the distinctive orange markings of the 212th. In addition to their regular armor, the troopers in Waxer's platoon notably utilized mortars and were equipped with visors and backpacks.[1]

HistoryEdit

Friendly fireEdit

"Tell me who gave you the orders to attack us."
(GASPING) "It… It was General Krell." (COUGHING) "He sent us to these coordinates to stop the enemy. We thought they were wearing our armor, but it was…you."
―Captain Rex, discovering Krell's treachery — Quote-audio Listen (file info)[src]
TCW Waxer injured

Waxer succumbs to his wounds

Waxer's platoon was active[1] in 20 BBY[3] as a part of the 212th Attack Battalion[1] on the Expansion Regions planet[5] Umbara during aptly named Battle of Umbara in the Clone Wars between the Grand Army of the Republic and the Confederacy of Independent Systems. During the final days of the battle, the platoon was informed by Jedi General Pong Krell, who was in command of the 501st Legion at that time, that a unit of clone troopers had been ambushed by Umbarans and the near-human soldiers had disguised themselves in clone trooper armor.[1]

However, Krell had informed the 501st Legion of the same scenario, who deployed a platoon in response. Shortly after, both units came into contact, each thinking the other was Umbaran. Waxer's platoon initiated contact with the 501st's, and both sides suffered horrendous friendly-fire casualties—including Waxer. Once it was discovered that their enemy was not Umbaran but rather their own comrades, the element of the 501st combined with the survivors of Waxer's platoon to take on Krell.[1]

Apprehending KrellEdit

"It's treason then."
―Pong Krell, upon being confronted by his own troops[src]
KrellVsClones-CoK

Elements of the 212th and 501st fight a desperate battle against Krell in the Umbaran forest

The combined units marched on the Umbaran airbase, which was currently under the control of the 501st. They engaged in contact with Krell in the base's control tower, but the traitorous Jedi was able to escape into the forest, inflicting significant losses upon the clone troops. The dwindling troopers, including the remains of Waxer's platoon, pursued Krell into the forest outside of the airbase and began searching for him.[1]

As his disembodied voice echoed through the forest, Krell leaped down from the trees and began a renewed attack on the clones. As more and more troopers fell to the onslaught, a clone trooper nicknamed "Tup" stumbled upon a vixus, a predatory species native to Umbara. In a last-ditch effort to stop the carnage, Tup lured Krell toward the vixus, which subsequently caught the General. Due to the distraction, the surviving clone troopers were able to stun Krell and take him into custody.[1]

Behind the scenesEdit

Waxer's platoon first appeared, albeit unnamed, in the tenth episode of Star Wars: The Clone Wars Season Four, titled "Carnage of Krell," which was released on November 18, 2011.[6]

AppearancesEdit

SourcesEdit

Notes and referencesEdit

  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 TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Carnage of Krell"
  2. 2.0 2.1 TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Carnage of Krell" depicts Waxer serving as the platoon leader of a platoon. According to Star Wars: Complete Locations, platoons in the Grand Army of the Republic were led by a Clone Lieutenant. Therefore, Waxer must have been a lieutenant during the events of the episode.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Star Wars: Galactic Atlas places the Battle of Mon Cala and the skirmish in Theed to 20 BBY. As the episode this event takes place within takes place between the events of the episodes the other events are attached to according to SWCustom-2011 Star Wars: The Clone Wars Chronological Episode Order on StarWars.com (backup link), this event must also take place 20 BBY.
  4. Star Wars: Complete Locations establishes that a platoon in the Grand Army of the Republic contains thirty-six clone troopers divided into four squads. Since the Waxer's platoon was a platoon within the Grand Army, it must have the same composition.
  5. SWCustom-2011 Star Wars: The Essential Atlas Online Companion on StarWars.com (article) (backup link)
  6. SWCustom-2011 Events: November 18 on StarWars.com (backup link)
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