Welcome to the latest instalment of my Galactic Histories series, a series of articles that looks at events and characters throughout the Star Wars canon. Generally speaking, this will often focus largely on characters or events that go beyond the movies, to help people get to know the wider canon a little better and see if there is anything that catches their interest.
Within this series, this will be first of a miniseries subtitled Heroes of the Clone Wars. In the live action movies, we only get to see the beginning and the end of the conflict, and yet the war raged over 3 years. Now when you hear about heroes of the Clone Wars, I imagine that your mind automatically goes to the Jedi, who are the focus of the movies, but I will instead be focusing on the clones of Jango Fett, who were born to fight and die for the Republic. In this miniseries, I will be looking at many of these clones and their histories, breaking things down by looking at a specific unit per article. Of course, some clones I will be covering will have featured in more than 1 of these units, so I will be specifically focusing on their exploits in the unit I am covering at that time.
This will contain spoilers for The Clone Wars
Heroes of the Clone Wars
For this article, I am looking at Rancor Battalion. While little is known of Rancor Battalion at this point, they played a key part in the early days of the Clone Wars, most notably during the defence of Kamino.
A clone commander and commanding officer of Rancor Battalion, Colt was one of a number of ARC troopers in Rancor Battalion early in the war. Stationed on Kamino, Colt was involved in the training of clone cadets, often overseeing their final tests, including Domino Squad’s failed first test. When Separatist forces attacked Kamino, Colt led Rancor Battalion as part of the defence of Tipoca City, however was killed by Asajj Ventress as she made her way through the city.
A clone commander and ARC trooper, Blitz was another clone involved in the training of clone cadets while stationed on Kamino. When the Separarists attacked the clones’ homeworld, Blitz fought in the defence of Tipoca City. He was one of the few ARC troopers to survive the battle.
A clone commander and ARC trooper, Havoc was also involved in overseeing the training and testing of clone cadets while on Kamino. During the Separatist invasion of Kamino, Havoc was stationed in the capital of Tipoca City. In the early stages of the Separatist ground assault, Havoc sent the 501ˢᵗ troopers Fives and Echo to take up a sniper position. He was later killed in action trying to help hold back the Separatist advance.
An ARC trooper within Rancor Battalion, Hammer* was present on Kamino during the Separatist invasion of the clones’ homeworld. Hammer was part of the defence of Tipoca City, and one of the few ARC troopers present to survive the battle.
*Hammer’s name is not officially confirmed anywhere, but Leland Chee (Keeper of the Holocron) confirmed earlier this year that the name Hammer was used during production.
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