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Battle of Yavin
Part of the Galactic Civil War

Rebel X-wing fighters approaching the Death Star.
Date 0 BBY
Location Death Star (near Yavin)
Result Decisive Alliance victory
Combatants
Galactic Empire Rebel Alliance
Commanders
Grand Moff Tarkin
Darth Vader
Admiral Motti †
General Tagge
Chief Bast
General Dodonna
General Willard
Garven Dreis (Red Leader)†
John Vander (Gold Leader)†
Admiral Ackbar (Supreme Commander of the Rebel Alliance Fleet)
Strength
TIE Fighters
Darth Vader's TIE Advanced
Death Star heavy, medium and light laser batteries
Turbolaser batteries, about a 50,000 imperial gunners, maintenance units and gun support personnel
30 Alliance starfighters, consisting of a mix of Red Squadron X-Wings and Gold Squadron Y-Wings
Millennium Falcon
Casualties
Nearly the entire complement of the Death Star, numbering at least 1,000,000 Imperial personnel and civilian contractors, 7 tie pilots (including Vader's wingmen) killed during the rebel assault 27 pilots
Major battles of the Galactic Civil War
Yavin - Hoth - Bespin - Endor

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Spoiler warning: Plot and/or ending details follow.

Contents

Prelude

During the Battle of Danuta, Kyle Katarn stole the plans to the Death Star, ensuring the first Rebel victory. The Battle of Danuta was a fictional battle in Star Wars: Dark Forces, the video game. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


The battle was arranged after the crew and passengers of the Millennium Falcon seemingly successfully rescued Princess Leia Organa from the Death Star, along with detailed technical plans of the massive space station. The Falcon's crew members were actually allowed to escape so as to lead the Empire to the main Rebel base, which was finally discovered on the fourth moon of Yavin. The Millennium Falcon is a fictional starship that first appeared in the original Star Wars film, A New Hope. ... Her Royal Highness, Princess Leia Organa Solo of Alderaan (born 19 BBY), a fictional character in the Star Wars universe played by actress Carrie Fisher in the films and by Ann Sachs in the 1980s radio drama. ... The Death Star was an enormous military battle station in the fictional Star Wars universe. ... // Wayland first appeared in Timothy Zahns Heir to the Empire novel. ...


Studying the plans, the Rebels learned the station had a small exhaust port which led to the main reactor, allowing a solid projectile to reach the main reactor and destroy the station. However, the port was only 2 meters wide and situated in a narrow trench protected by heavy turbolaser batteries. The trench would have to be navigated to allow the Rebel targeting systems to lock onto the port. Furthermore, the port was ray shielded so only proton torpedoes could be used. There was little confidence among the Imperials, or the Rebel attackers, that the weakness could be exploited under such conditions. The metre, or meter (symbol: m) is the SI base unit of length. ... The following is a list of ship- and vehicle-mounted weapons in the fictional Star Wars universe. ...


Battle of Yavin

As the Death Star closed on the Yavin moon and prepared to fire its main weapon, which would destroy the Rebel base, the Rebels dispatched a fleet of 30 X-wing and Y-wing fighters. This included Luke Skywalker (designated "Red 5") piloting an X-wing. Half of the fighters (Yellow and Blue squadrons) created a diversion by attacking surface targets, hangar facilities and heavy gun emplacments (an event not shown in film), while Gold and Red squadrons focused on the exhaust port. X-wing fighters on their way into battle in a still from Star Wars. ... The Y-wing is one of the Rebel Alliance starfighters in the fictional Star Wars universe. ... This article or section contains a plot summary that may be overly long, confusing, or ambiguous. ...


In the film, an Imperial security officer says, "We count 30 Rebel ships, Lord Vader, but they're so small they're evading our turbolasers." The Death Star attempted to use its batteries to defend itself, but the defences were designed to fight off primarily capital ships, not the small, fast Rebel starfighters. The station commander, Grand Moff Tarkin, dismissed the attack as futile and refused to deploy the station's vast TIE fighter squadrons. But Darth Vader, realizing the threat this force posed, ordered his personal fighter squadron to scramble and intercept the Rebel starfighters on his own authority. An order was passed, later on during the battle, to stop all turbolasers from firing on the rebels. Vader's squadron continued the attack and destroyed most of the Rebel fighters. The capital ships of a navy are its important warships; the ones with the heaviest firepower and armor. ... Grand Moff Governor Wilhuff Tarkin is a fictional character in the Star Wars universe. ... TIE Fighter, see X-wing computer game series. ... Darth Vader is a fictional character in the Star Wars universe. ...


During the battle, the Rebel casualties were heavy, with 90 percent losses both from station guns and Vader's squadron. The first attack run was started by three Y-Wing pilots, including Gold Leader. But Darth Vader, in his customized TIE fighter, along with two hand-picked pilots, was able to destroy the Y-wings before they were able to get off a shot.


When the first bombing run proved unsuccessful, Red Leader made a second attack run, this time leaving his wingmen farther behind him so as to buy more time. Alone in front, Red 1 was able to fly the length of the trench and fire his proton torpedoes. The shot missed the thermal exhaust port, detonating on the surface. It caused little more than superficial damage, though it shook the station violently, a viewer's foreshadowing to what awaited the Imperials should the Rebels succeed with a direct hit on the exhaust port.


Red 1 was then shot down, as his starboard engine was disabled, and he crashed into the surface of the Death Star. Once this attack had failed, the remaining fighters—three X-wings, led by Luke Skywalker; lined up for the second attempt. The other two pilots were Biggs Darklighter and Wedge Antilles. Vader pursued and picked them off one by one, first damaging Wedge's ship enough that he had to pull out, and then destroying Biggs' X-Wing, leaving Luke vulnerable to Vader's guns. This article or section contains a plot summary that may be overly long, confusing, or ambiguous. ... This is a list of minor characters in the fictional Star Wars universe who are part of the Rebel Alliance. ... Wedge Antilles (b. ...


To the Rebel Command, all seemed hopeless; time was running out with the Death Star getting into firing position, almost all the fighters were lost and the remaining pilot able to make the run, Skywalker, had senselessly deactivated his targeting computer during his run. Skywalker, however, was advised by the spirit of his mentor Obi-Wan Kenobi to use the Force to make the seemingly impossible shot. Obi-Wan Ben Kenobi is a fictional character in the Star Wars universe. ... The Force is a binding, ubiquitous power that is the object of the Jedi and Sith monastic orders in the Star Wars universe. ...


Vader, sensing that the last pilot was strong in the Force, prepared to kill him. But out of nowhere, Han Solo and Chewbacca of the Millennium Falcon surprised Vader, destroyed one of his wingmen. In the confusion that followed, Vader's other wingman collided with Vader and sent him careening out of control into space. With the Force aiding him, Skywalker made the shot, his torpedoes entering the port perfectly. The Death Star exploded just seconds before its main gun would have destroyed the Rebel moon; Tarkin and most of his staff, including some of the Empire's best personnel, were killed in the explosion. The Rebel Alliance had won its second victory. Han Solo (born 29 BBY) is a character in the fictional Star Wars universe. ... Chewbacca (or Chewie) (c. ... The Millennium Falcon is a fictional starship that first appeared in the original Star Wars film, A New Hope. ...


Several officers aboard the Death Star survived, including (then-Colonel) Maximillian Veers, General Tagge and Chief Bast, who originally warned Tarkin of the danger the Rebel fighter attack posed. Bast's survival is evidenced in that he was later seen reporting to Darth Vader on the blockade of Kashyyyk in The Star Wars Holiday Special, which takes place approximately a year after A New Hope, when the Battle of Yavin occurred. This article is about minor characters in the fictional Star Wars universe. ... High General Tagge is a character in the Star Wars universe who appears in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. ... Chief Bast is a fictional character in the Star Wars universe. ... Kashyyyk (IPA: ), also known as Wookiee Planet C, is a fictional planet in the Star Wars universe. ... The Star Wars Holiday Special was a two-hour television special (including commercials) set in the Star Wars galaxy. ...


Aftermath

As a result of this battle, the Rebel Alliance gained "credibility" as a military opponent to the Empire. A few months after the Battle of Yavin, the Empire launched a number of small raids at the Yavin moon, in an attempt to destroy the Core Group and military command of the Rebellion. These raids were carried out by small TIE squadrons launched from a small outpost near the Yavin system. They often maintained reconnaissance patrols rather than retaliatory attacks. The Rebel Alliance still had to evacuate Yavin 4 to escape retaliation from the Imperial Starfleet and eventually settled on Hoth. The last raid carried out by the Empire was a crushing assault consisting of a massive planetary blockade. Several battalions were dispatched to the moon to capture the fleeing rebel personnel. General Dodonna, head of Yavin's defense, was captured by Imperial forces and later presumed dead in the battle. Mixed reconnaissance patrol of the Polish Home Army and the Soviet Red Army during Operation Tempest, 1944 Reconnaissance is the military term for the active gathering of information about an enemy, or other conditions, by physical observation. ... In the fictional Star Wars galaxy, the Imperial Navy, or more properly, the Imperial Starfleet, is the senior military arm of the Galactic Empire. ... In the fictional universe of Star Wars, Hoth is the sixth planet of a remote system of the same name. ...


The newly launched Executor was dispatched to destroy the Rebel fleet. But Admiral Griff's squadron of Star Destroyers came out of light speed and collided with the Executor. By the time the crew regained control, the last Rebel ship jumped into hyperspace. In the fictional Star Wars universe, the Star Dreadnought Executor, commonly referred to as a Super Star Destroyer, was the personal flagship of Darth Vader. ... Admiral Griff is a character in the fictional Star Wars universe. ... A Squadron is a small unit or formation of cavalry, aircraft (including balloons), or naval vessels. ... The speed of light in a vacuum is an important physical constant denoted by the letter c for constant or the Latin word celeritas meaning swiftness. It is the speed of all electromagnetic radiation in a vacuum, not just visible light. ...


Only three Rebel pilots escaped with their lives from the battle: Skywalker, Wedge Antilles and Keyan Farlander. (Some believe it may actually have been Horton Salm instead of Keyan Farlander, though the novel Wraith Squadron may have ruled Salm out.) The Millennium Falcon, although not an active participant, also survived. Wedge Antilles (b. ... This is a list of minor characters in the fictional Star Wars universe who are part of the Rebel Alliance. ... This is a list of minor characters in the fictional Star Wars universe who are part of the Rebel Alliance. ... Wraith Squadron is the fifth of nine books in the Star Wars: X-wing series of novels. ...


The Empire would make the Rebels pay later on, though, mainly in the upcoming battles Massacre on Talay and the Battle of Hoth. The Massacre on Talay was a fictional battle in Star Wars: Dark Forces, the videogame. ... Combatants Galactic Empire Rebel Alliance Commanders Admiral Piett Admiral Ozzel † General Veers Darth Vader General Carlist Rieekan Princess Leia Luke Skywalker Strength 9 AT-AT walkers Several AT-ST walkers Several AT-AR walkers Several AT-PT walkers Snowtroopers E-Web Repeating blasters Death Squadron Imperial-class (Mark II) Star...


Trivia

The music played during the Battle of Yavin, scored by John Williams, bears striking resemblances to Mars, the first movement to Gustav Holst's The Planets. John Towner Williams (born February 8, 1932) is an Academy Award-winning American composer and conductor. ... Note: This article contains special characters. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... LP album, Zubin Mehta conducting CD album, Herbert von Karajan conducting The Planets (also known as The Planets Suite), opus 32, [1] is a seven-movement orchestral suite by the English composer Gustav Holst, written between 1914 and 1916. ...


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