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A storm commando.

The storm commandos, also known as Imperial commandos or shadow scouts, were elite members of a branch of the Imperial Stormtrooper Corps. One task for storm commandos was to instill uprisings on enemy systems or to subdue insurrections on Imperial-held worlds.

Members of the Rebel Alliance SpecForce had several terms for storm commandos, including shadowmen, shadows, and black hats.[1]

Storm commandos, along with representatives from every specialized stormtrooper corps, were assigned to Darth Vader's personal Death Squadron.[2]

It is possible that the clone shadow troopers and the clone commandos in the Grand Army of the Republic inspired the formation of the storm commandos.



A storm commando takes aim.

Storm commandos were trained especially for counter-insurgency missions (prioritizing the Rebels), siege breaking, and sabotage. A unit could range from 4 to 40 commandos in strength.

Their signature black armor was based on the scout trooper's light armor, hence the nickname "shadow scout"; it was enhanced with a coating of an advanced polymer called reflec, which deflected light and sensor energy. The armor was designed by Dr. Nashiak Llalik.[3] To support their mission profile, storm commando armor included a small generator that created a sound-dampening field, numerous concealed weapons, and a thermal detonator that a commando could detonate if faced with capture. They were sometimes known to make use of Evasive-226-R field disruptors.

Vessels and Vehicles

Storm commandos with AT-PT cover
"Imperial escort carriers!"
"They're not part of the regular Imperial Navy. They're exclusive to the imperial storm commandos.
Crix Madine and Wedge Antilles upon seeing an escort carrier

Storm commandos used modified 74-Z speeder bikes to aid them in missions of deep infiltration where they uncovered plots and dug up deadly secrets that could be used to force enemies to cooperate. Their speeder bikes were designed for silence and speed, with a trideflective energy shield that prevented detection.

Storm commandos were also trained to fly commando-exclusive TIE Hunters, generally operating from Imperial escort carriers. These carriers would be under their direct command and control.[4]




Storm Commando

The development of the storm commandos was overseen by Grand Moff Tanniel in response to the guerrilla tactics of the Rebel Alliance during the early days of the Galactic Civil War. Tanniel placed Crix Madine in charge of the first unit of storm commandos deployed. Despite Madine's later defection to the Alliance, the commando training program continued. Only the best Imperial stormtroopers received this training and they were in rare, limited numbers by the end of the war.

They were also sometimes tasked with capturing defectors such as Tycho Celchu, who evaded them on Dantooine with the help of Luke Skywalker.[5]

A Storm Commando variant

Battle of Ralltir

Important tasks of the commandos included acquiring new technology for the Empire by capturing scientists. In 0 ABY, they engineered the Battle of Ralltiir to abduct a group of cowering scientists. Rebel pilot Sarkli defected from the Alliance during this battle; he later became a Captain within the Storm Commmandos.[4]

First Battle of Bakura

Captain Sarkli flew a modified escort carrier with an improved hyperdrive, in which he abducted Rebel scientists during the First Battle of Bakura in 3 ABY.[4]

Second Battle of Geonosis

He later fled to Geonosis, where Wedge Antilles shot his craft down, starting the Second Battle of Geonosis.[4]

Mission at Destrillion

Wedge Antilles piloting an A-wing during the Mission at Destrillion encountered a carrier containing about 24 TIE Hunters, which he managed to destroy.[4]

Battle of Fondor

Imperial escort carriers were known to have guarded the Fondor construction yards, and fought during the Battle of Fondor.[4]

Battle of Endor

In 4 ABY, Captain Sarkli was was present on the Second Death Star during Emperor Palpatine's visit.[6]He was reassigned from the Death Star to the shield bunker on Endor, commanding a storm commando sentry unit. During the Battle of Endor, he attempted to block Han Solo's escape from the burning bunker, but backed away when Solo tried to move past him. Firing his rifle, Sarkli backed away from Solo all the way to the entrance. He received a fatal wound from Solo's blaster, and fell to the floor, dead. His body was destroyed when the shield bunker exploded.

Attack on Coronet City

Luke Skywalker fighting storm commandos on Corellia.

One week after the Battle of Endor a force of storm commandos led by General Weir attacked Coronet City on Corellia from their base on Tralus. The attack was meant to instil upon the Corellian population that despite the defeat of the Galactic Empire and the death of the Emperor at the Battle of Endor, that there was still an Imperial presence in the system. Weir discovered a small Rebel Alliance force consisting of Luke Skywalker and Rogue Squadron pilots Wedge Antilles, Tycho Celchu, and Wes Janson, as well as Ten Numb of Blue Squadron. Despite not capturing the Rebel forces, Weir ordered his commandos to withdraw to awaiting transport vessels. Ten Numb was captured personally by Weir while withdrawing and taken back to Tralus.

Ten Numb was tortured by General Weir until he broke, giving the General the information he required. The Sullustan later died from injuries sustained as part of the interrogation. Luke Skywalker and Rogue Squadron found the hidden Imperial base on Tralus with the help of Lady Leyli and R2-D2. Weir ordered his storm commandos to attack the Rebels while he escaped the planet in a TIE Interceptor. Sunspot Squadron was scrambled in response to an attack by Wedge Antilles and Tycho Celchu in stolen TIE fighters. Wedges Antilles shot down Weir, in his TIE fighter. Unable to flee due to injuries sustained in the crash, Weir was arrested by Antilles. Weir was extradited to Sullust and interrogated by Rebel officers.[5]

Notable Storm Commandos

Behind the scenes

In Star Wars: Rogue Squadron III: Rebel Strike, the escape pods from Captain Sarkli's escort carrier on Geonosis contain soldiers in normal white stormtrooper armor. Whether or not these were storm commandos in standard stormtrooper armor is unknown.

The storm commandos' helmets more noticeably resembled the German stahlhelms of World War II.



Notes and references

  1. Rules of Engagement: The Rebel SpecForce Handbook
  2. Galaxy Guide 3: The Empire Strikes Back
  3. Alliance Intelligence Reports
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 Star Wars Rogue Squadron III: Rebel Strike
  5. 5.0 5.1 X-wing: Rogue Leader
  6. Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi
  7. "Combat Moon" - Star Wars Adventure Journal 9

See also

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