- The Battle of Yavin, also known as the Battle of the Death Star, the assault on the Death Star, the attack on the Death Star, or the Miracle of Yavin, was a major battle of the Galactic Civil War that led to the destruction of the first Death Star. It was a crippling blow to the Empire and one of the Rebel Alliance's first major victories.
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The Battle of Yavin, also known as the Battle of the Death Star, was a major battle of the Galactic Civil War that led to the destruction of the first Death Star. It was a crippling blow to the Empire and one of the Rebel Alliance's first major victories.
Princess Leia was taken prisoner aboard the Death Star by Darth Vader. The Princess was rescued from captivity by an unlikely alliance of the smuggler Han Solo, Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi, a young farmboy from Tatooine named Luke Skywalker, and Solo's First Mate, the Wookiee named Chewbacca. The group, which also included Rebel Alliance droids R2-D2 and C-3PO, in possession of the Death Star plans, fled to the Rebel base on Yavin 4closely pursued by the battle station.
An analysis of the plans identified a weakness in the battle station, placed there by Galen Erso: a small thermal exhaust port leading to the main reactor which would allow access to a point that could cause a chain reaction that would destroy the battle station.
General Jan Dodonna briefed Rebel pilot on the plan. The Death Star's defenses were designed for a direct, large-scale assault. By using small, one-man starfighters, the Rebels would slip through the Death Star's main defenses, maneuver down a narrow trench leading to the exhaust port, and insert proton torpedoes through the exhaust port.
With the Death Star approaching, Y-wings from Gold Squadron and X-wings from Red Squadron and Green Squadron were dispatched to carry out the attack plan. A total of 30 ships were deployed in the assault on the Death Star: 8 Y-wings making up Gold Squadron and 22 X-wings, 12 making up Red Squadron and the rest making up Green Squadron. The starfighters weaved through the turret emplacements destroying many as they passed. Red Six Jek Tono Porkins was the first to be destroyed in the volley of turret fire. The deployment of Imperial TIE fighters, including Lieutenant Iden Versio, devastated the Rebel attackers, destroying them far faster and more efficiently than the station's weapon emplacements had been able to. Red Four John D. Branon was the first to be shot down by the incoming TIEs. During the battle, Rebels in the temple, including pilots who were left behind watched the battle from the command center, along with Fighter Boss Nera Kase. She tallied the Rebel starfighter losses as they occurred during the battle. Some time into the battle, Imperial officer Jude Edivon aboard the Death Star identified the threat of the Rebels' attack strategy, and attempted to warn her superiors of the danger. However, Grand Moff Wilhuff Tarkin ignored the warning and refused to evacuate. Meanwhile, Darth Vader himself decided to lead a squadron of TIE fighters to destroy the remaining Rebel fighters, and this would be the only squadron launched during the battle. The first attack run was performed by a trio of Y-wings from Gold Squadron. The three Y-Wings, led by Gold Leader Jon Vander with Gold Two Dex Tiree and Gold Five Davish Krail escorting, attempted to make a shot on the exhaust port but were shot down by Darth Vader. A second trench run was performed by a trio of X-wings from Red Squadron flown by Red Leader Garven Dreis, Red Ten Theron Nett and Red Twelve Puck Naeco. Darth Vader picked off Theron and Puck but Dreis was able to fire off a shot at the exhaust port. However, his proton torpedoes missed their mark, only scratching the surface. Before being shot down by Darth Vader, Dreis ordered another attack run. Vader personally damaged Antilles' fighter, forcing him to disengage, and destroyed Darklighter's X-wing, forcing Skywalker to attempt the shot on his own. However, in this dire moment the Rebel leaders were concerned when the young pilot deactivated his targeting system for the attempt, but Skywalker assured them that nothing was wrong; he was advised by the spirit of Kenobi to rely on the Force instead for his attack. For his part, Vader sensed this power himself and found firing on the fighter unusually difficult, with one attack only putting R2-D2, who was serving as the fighter's astromech droid, out of commission. When Vader prepared to finally shoot down the enemy, one of his wingmen was suddenly shot down from above beside him. The source of that attack was the Millennium Falcon diving out of the nearby star's light. Han Solo and Chewbacca, believed to have abandoned the Rebels prior to the assault, unexpectedly returned to assist Skywalker in his most desperate moment. Momentarily distracted by the intervention, Vader's remaining wingman collided with his ship, and both spiraled. The TIE fighter pilot flew into the side of the trench and knocked Vader away from the Death Star, and this allowed Skywalker to fire his shot. With the aid of the Force, the torpedoes shot along the trench and entered the shaft perfectly, as the two surviving X-Wings, the lone surviving Y-Wing and the aging freighter made for Yavin 4. The surviving rebel pilots included Skywalker, Antilles and Gold Three Evaan Verlaine. On the Overbridge, unaware of his impending doom, Grand Moff Tarkin continued to examine the battle as the technicians counted down the moments until firing commenced. Mere seconds before the superlaser could obliterate the moon, the torpedoes struck the reactor and the mammoth station exploded, killing all aboard and saving Yavin 4.
Following the final command of Red Leader, Red Five Luke Skywalker led the final attempt with Red Two Wedge Antilles and Red Three, Luke's old friend Biggs Darklighter, as wingmen. Rushing down the trench at full throttle, they found themselves being tailed by Darth Vader and his fighters.
Skywalker, Solo, and the surviving Rebel fighters returned to Yavin, where they held a celebration ceremony and awarded the pair with medals for their achievement in saving the Rebellion. Mothma, having heard of the victory, permanently discarded her contingency plan to surrender to Palpatine. Darth Vader, one of the few Imperial survivors of the battle, was recovered in his damaged TIE Advanced x1 by Imperial pilots Ciena Ree and Berisse Sai. Iden Versio, who was outside of the Death Star's explosion, managed to pilot her damaged TIE Fighter to Yavin IV, where she ejected before it crashed into the jungle. There, she patched her wounds and stole a transport from the Rebel Base during the festivities. Shortly after the battle, the Rebels were forced to leave the site of their victory, fleeing the Empire once again. According to the Wild Space cartographer Emil Graf, in the days after the battle, the rebels' evacuation was briefly interrupted by an Imperial Star Destroyer which threatened to destroy the base before the evacuation could be completed. The rebels managed to disable the crew of the Star Destroyer, however, they soon discovered that its weapons were primed to fire at the base within minutes. Thanks to Verlaine's efforts, the ship misfired at its intended target, with the evacuation being resumed. Some time later, the Imperials regained control of the Destroyer. To capitalize on the Empire's weakness following the destruction of the Death Star, the Rebels began to conduct dozens of raids against Imperial targets to weaken the now-vulnerable Empire. In addition to attacks carried out on the shipyards of Kuat and a supply base on Imdaar, a Rebel team composed of Leia Organa, Han Solo and Luke Skywalker assaulted and destroyed the Empire's largest armament factory on Cymoon 1, severely undermining Imperial military production.
Nearly all blame on the defeat was placed on Tarkin and his overconfidence. He had assumed that the station would not need an escort, and had launched no TIEs. The only group had been the single squadron Vader had launched. Regardless, Tarkin was no longer alive to defend himself, and the Empire would never engage the rebels without exploiting their larger numbers compared to their opponent again.
The Battle of Yavin first appeared in the 1977 film Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope. It was heavily based on the battle scenes in the 1955 epic war film The Dam Busters.
The timeline of Star Wars fiction is most often based upon this event, where events are dated as happening so many years \\"Before the Battle of Yavin\\" (BBY) or \\"After the Battle of Yavin\\" (ABY).
In a Korean webcomic released in 2015 and written and drawn by Hong Jac Ga, the Battle of Yavin is often referred to as the Miracle of Yavin.
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The Battle of Yavin was a major battle of the Galactic Civil War that led to the destruction of the first Death Star and Luke Skywalker's first step to becoming a fully-fledged Jedi. It was one of the Rebellion's first major victories.
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May 26, 2015 · The Battle Of Yavin is a pivotal moment for both the Galactic Empire and the Rebel Alliance.
Yavin IV is a small moon orbiting the gas giant Yavin. It’s also where the Rebel Alliance decided to set up camp. Most of the battle preparation scenes took place in the hangar, briefing room, and throne room, not counting the few exterior shots.
The Battle of Yavin that saw the destruction of the first Death Star The six-month Yavin blockade The Space Battle at Yavin 4 conducted by the Zann Consortium to search the Death Star's wreckage. An Imperial rescue mission for survivors of the Battle of Yavin
- The Briefing
- The Battle Begins
- The Trench Run
Right before the battle, the Rebel commander explains to all the pilots what the situation is and the plan to destroy the Death Star. Here, we see the justification for the Rebel stratagem. With the analysis of the Death Star’s plans and other intelligence, they have determined that the Imperials are not worried about small fighters against a moon-sized, state-of-the-art space station with the power to destroy planets. Consequently, they are unlikely to react with their full force, which will make them vulnerable. Moreover, the Rebels realize that the Death Star is specifically designed for large battles with major spacecrafts, so they are denying the Imperials the kind of battle that they intend to fight with the Death Star. This is a critical step that any commander needs to take. For example, in the the Battle of Gaugamela (Oct. 1, 331 BCE) between Persia and Macedon, Darius fought Alexander on a field that he had cleared out, so that it would be level and ideal for his chariot a...
As the pilots approach the Death Star, there are several bits that stand out which give the battle a more believable, military feel. We see it with the pilots all reporting in, confirming that their communications and crafts are working and that they had the courage not to fly their crafts away from the battle, giving the squadron leaders an accurate assessment of what their options are. We also see it with the radio discipline. Wedge Antilles, one of the pilots, remarks as they approach the Death Star, “Look at the size of that thing,” to which Red Leader retorts, “Cut the chatter.” Lines like these, from people who are not the main characters, add that extra level of immersion to the battle scenario. The radio system is a tool to win the battle, after all, and unhelpful information and side conversations detract from that. Red Leader’s instruction to Wedge is the kind of mission-first stinginess that I would expect from the actual military. Soon, Red Squadron begins engaging with...
The fighters engage, and Red Squadron takes some hits while downing some Imperial pilots themselves. It is a tense moment, but it seems to fit into the plan that the Rebels adopted: Red Squadron distracts while Gold Squadron attacks the exposed exhaust port. Gold Squadron indeed begins sending its ships down the trench, in an attempt to fire their proton torpedoes into the target. Since the main threats are from the turrets before them, they shift power to their frontal deflectors. As they start the trench run, Darth Vader takes notice. Earlier we see that Grand Moff Tarkin is in command of the Death Star and not very worried, so this does not phase him and is the reason why more effort is not made to handle the Rebel threat. Vader, feeling less cocky, appears to have a squadron under his personal command which he decides to use to deal with Gold Squadron himself. This proves to be the right call, and it pokes a hole in the Rebel plan, as Vader slips past Red Squadron and goes right...
Given the portrayal of combat and the decisions made by the commanders on both sides, it seems that George Lucas and his film team gave serious consideration to actual military concepts and discipline, such that it helped the film for the purposes of immersion. The plans made sense, and good ideas got good results, while errors in judgment (even understandable errors) got bad results. It also assisted the narrative, as Luke’s amateurish role was exemplified by his contrast with the veteran pilots. This ultimately shows the relevance of the Force, as that was Luke’s only trump card, something that the more experienced pilots of Red and Gold Squadrons lacked. Darth Vader was the only one among the Imperials who took appropriate actions to deal with the Rebels, and it is for this reason that he survived the battle and almost won it for his side. He was not only proved right as a commander, however. His statement at the beginning of the movie that Death Star’s “ability to destroy a plan...
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The Battle of Yavin consists of three sections. The first, Launch from the Fourth Moon, begins with soaring strings and leads into a militaristic procession ...
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