When the Resistance set out towards the siege cannon on their V-4X-D speeders, what did they hope to achieve? Was it a kamikaze run from the beginning, something that Finn tried to finish before Rose stopped him? Were the speeders packed with explosives? Or did they plan to use some other weapon and tactic?

EDIT For those doubting, Finn really was only few seconds away from hitting the siege cannon, before Rose intervened . Finn was not the best pilot, but even he managed to get close to the cannon, so a suicide run was definitely possible. Would the speeder crashing into the siege cannon do some substantial damage - that is open to interpretation. In our world it would, but SW physics is different.

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    It was a delaying tactic to allow their allies to arrive. I don't think the plan was more complicated than "there's the enemy, let's go kill them" – Valorum Jun 8 '18 at 7:55
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    They didn't know that to begin with, though. Not for certain. – Harry Johnston Jun 8 '18 at 8:27
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    @Adamant - Don't you know? Rebellions are built on hope – Valorum Jun 8 '18 at 13:06
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    There was a moment during Finn's attack run where they showed his speeder's cannons melting away. I think the original idea was probably to shoot the cannon, but since Finn was stupid and drove into the beam too early that stopped being an option. – DaaaahWhoosh Jun 8 '18 at 15:30
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    @ifly6 - Finn was flying against that cannon, which likely slowed him down. It likely would have gotten harder the closer he got to the source of the beam (another reason it wouldn't have worked, btw). – Adamant Jun 9 '18 at 6:54

The goal was to prevent the siege cannon from coming into range by destroying the tug walkers or the cables connecting the tugs to the siege cannon.

“Our objective is that cannon,” Leia said. “It’s the only thing that can crack our front door, so let’s try not to let it get in range. It’s being towed by tug walkers—squat, ugly, lots of legs. If we take the tugs out, the cannon stops. If we break the cables they’re using to pull it, the cannon stops.”

The Last Jedi: Official Novelisation

Unfortunately (and unknown to the Resistance) this plan was doomed to failure from the start.

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  • Sounds like usual incompetence from Resistance's leadership. But +1 for you, and if someone doesn't come up with better answer I'm going to accept this. – rs.29 Jun 9 '18 at 10:51
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    Not sure it's really incompetence - it's literally a last-ditch effort that they likely know will fail, but the alternative is doing nothing and dying inside the bunker anyway. Realistically, even if they break the cables, they likely only buy a small amount of time until fresh cables are hooked up, but they're out of options. – delinear Jun 15 '18 at 16:29

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