Simon Beecroft’s book ‘Star Wars Epics Battles’ describes the battles of the Star Wars universe in vivid detail. A long time ago in a peaceful galaxy far far away a Republic exists. The Republic has a senate where all planets are represented. The Jedi Knights make sure that peace prevails throughout the galaxy.
However, peace in the galaxy is not long-lasting. A greedy bunch called The Trade Federation; build their own army of battle droids. They start invading planets, the first being the Planet Naboo.
Unknown to The Republic or The Trade Federation, a deadly Sith Lord (Darth Sidious, a.k.a Palpatine) is responsible for the situation. He is secretly manipulating both sides.
The Trade Federation comprises of warmongering greedy corporations. They use their droid armies to attack the Republic.
The evil Emperor Palpatine destroys the Jedi and takes over the galaxy. Darth Vader helps him destroy them.
Before he became Emperor, Senator Palpatine is thought of as a kindly politician. He fools everyone in to electing him Supreme Chancellor. As soon as he becomes Chancellor he dissolves the Senate and becomes The Evil Emperor. Every one bows to him except for a few.
These few are known as the Rebel Alliance. The Rebels struggle to rid the galaxy of the Evil that has taken over it. They fight epic battles with the armies of the Evil Empire. Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Han Solo and the Wookiee Chewbacca are all part of the Rebel Alliance.
The invasion of the Planet Naboo marks the start of violence in the galaxy. It later spreads to other parts of the galaxy as well.
The royal palace, home to Queen Amidala of The Naboo, is captured by the droids. She escapes and heads to Coruscant for help. When she realizes that the Senate would not help her in dealing with the crisis, she takes matters into her own hands.
She returns to her Planet and leads an attack on the royal palace. She is helped by the Jedi Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi. The Jedi use lightsabers to defend themselves and fight the droids.
The epic battle also involves the deadly droideka. They carry twin blaster weapons and are even deadlier than the battle droids. The Planet’s other native species called the Gungans, also join Queen Amidala in battle.
A land battle takes place between them and the massive Trade Federation army. The Gungans use giant swamp lizards to aid them in the fight. They carry machines that deploy a special energy bubble that protects them from the high-speed airborne missiles, but not the droids.
They use weapons called atlatls that are used for throwing fire balls of explosive plasma. They also make use of the weapon called electropole. Gungan soldiers carry glowing energy shields that protect them from blaster bolts fired by battle droids.
The warmongering Neimoidian leaders don’t stop there. A former Jedi, Count Dooku, who has turned to the dark side joins them.
The Republic and the droid armies battle each other on a planet called Geonosis. In this time of unrest the Jedi are called upon to lead the Republic’s army in this battle. The Republic’s army is hastily assembled and it consists of identical clone troopers. This battle is the first battle of the famous Clone Wars.
The Jedi are attacked by the droid armies in an arena on the Planet Geonosis. The clone troopers join the battle, they are led by none other than Master Yoda himself.
The clone troopers use special sight systems in their helmets that help them navigate the smoke on the battlefield. The battle spreads out of the arena. The Republic’s army uses Republic gunships in the battle. The droids use sinister hailfire droids that roll into the battle on giant hoop wheels.
Many Jedi and clone troopers are killed before the droids retreat.
One of the biggest battles between the droids and the Republic, takes place on the Planet of Kashyyyk. This is Chewbacca’s home planet.
The tall and furry Wookiees fight the droid armies with the Jedi and the clone troopers on their side. One of the most prominent Wookiees present in the battle is Tarfful. He is considered a leader among them.
The battle is fought on sea and on land. The clone troopers use wheeled tanks for the fight. The Trade Federation also uses tanks that roll over land and water. The Battle of Kashyyyk sees the destruction of the Jedi. The Republic and the Jedi are unaware of the fact that Darth Sidious has brainwashed the clone troopers. They switch sides during the battle after they received the signal, Order 66, from the Sith.
The clone troopers become the Emperor’s personal army. They kill almost all the Jedi leaders. Aayla Secura is also assassinated on the Planet Felucia. This battle marks the beginning of the Empire. The clone troopers become the dreaded stormtroopers……..