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The shield generator was temporary protection while the second Death Star was under construction. Both Death Stars had built-in shield generators to protect against enemy capital ships but starfighters were not considered a threat in the design of the first Death Star. The first Death Star therefore had a vulnerability in an exposed thermal exhaust port ...


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The shield generator on the moon of Endor was there to provide protection during the construction phase. Since the Death Star II was not complete, it wasn't yet able to generate its own shields like the original Death Star. Once construction had completed, the Death Star II could move away from the moon under its own shield protection.


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After some hunting, I finally found a solid reference on why the "Medical Frigate" (later named in the EU novels as The Redemption) was at the Battle of Endor; The Star Wars Technical Journal not only offers an insight into the ship's relatively formidable weaponry (6 banks of Turbolasers and 8 banks of lasers as compared to the Mon Calamari Cruiser's 48 ...


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Simply put, the Endor system was simultaneously incredibly remote (dramatically lowering the chances of anyone stumbling onto the project by accident) and highly accessible if you knew the secret navigational codes that were required to access the "Sanctuary Pipeline", a lengthy hyperspace route that led directly from Sullust to Endor. Red lines appeared ...


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Nobody has mentioned this yet, but the shield generator being on Endor was also a trap. http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Battle_of_Endor The Rebels were unwittingly falling into a trap devised by the Emperor himself. In an attempt to effectively eliminate the Rebellion, Palpatine planned on drawing the Alliance to Endor using simple disinformation: he hid ...


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The shields of the two Death Stars were significantly different. The original Death Star was rather poorly shielded; traditional attacks from capital ships could be easily repulsed, but the shields did not prevent close-range (near point-blank) attacks. The shields also did nothing to prevent enemy fighters from entering the Death Star's "airspace;" in ...


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What you are referring to is "The Endor Holocaust". In universe, it was "a theory put forward by Imperial propaganda agents after the Battle of Endor." In fact, Endor was saved : Much of the debris of the superweapon was sent through a hyperspace wormhole that briefly opened up when the Death Star's hyperdrive regulator was destroyed. [...] ...


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Why take C-3PO: The planet has a lifeform that doesn't understand Galactic Standard Which was a good call, given that the lifeform tried to spit-fry and eat the team. Luke turned to the golden droid. “Threepio, can you understand what they’re saying?” (RotJ novelization) R2-D2 can't talk to any of them, as Richard's comment stated. And R2 is an ...


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According to the (now defunct) Starwars.com Expanded Universe page, the two Ewok films take place shortly before the events of Return of the Jedi, citing the lack of Imperial presence on Endor. This would place the films at approx 3ABY (After the Battle of Yavin): A timeline published in the Star Wars Insider places the Ewok movies as happening a short ...


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As indicated by Lazer in the comments, they wage guerilla war. Compare it to how the Vietcong managed to hold out against the United States army, a force which was better-trained and better equipped, but operating in an unfamiliar territory with unfamiliar enemies. Also, consider the analysis at https://scifi.stackexchange.com/a/4059/23243: They aren'...


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The stormtroopers were overconfident. Secure in their superior technology and contemptuous of their opponents, they did not take elementary precautions, and they paid the price for it. An example is when This is amazingly irresponsible, given that the fate of the Empire rests on keeping that bunker secure. There are many, many historical cases of ...


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In addition to Valourm's answer, The Emperor also knew about the Rebel fleet massing near Sullust. Remember that the entire thing was a trap, and he was creating the best, most irresistible bait for it he that he could. Including the possibility of killing both him AND Vader, in a single stroke. The shuttle and the codes being stolen were all part of his ...


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As a matterof speculation, I would say the Alliance did not have the manpower the Empire had - they could not afford to sacrfice skilled personnel in the same way. Also, the frigate is still an armed capital ship with a working hyperdrive. It provides some hope of evacuation if things go south.


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Basically the cuteness of the ewoks allow them to befuddle the storm troopers. Without this cuteness they wouldn't have stood a chance. On top of that they were quite small and nimble, and clearly pulling a Swiss Family Robinson move, completely booby traped the forest, against overwhelming numbers, and firepower. I also believe that they had incredible ...


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In Legends: Endor was set aside as a protected nature reserve during the Galactic Republic, giving it the name Sanctuary Moon. - Endor | Wookieepedia Unfortunately, this was decanonized and there is no other reason mentioned. That said, it is a reference to The Forest Moon of Endor. Much in the same way New York city is also called The Big Apple. Even ...


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Update. According to the official Star Wars twitter feed, the Rebellion deployed a substantial number of ships to tractor any planet-killing pieces out of harm's way. Assuming the second Death Star suffered the same level of destruction as the first Death Star, then the pieces of remaining material would have been very small indeed, with the bulk of the ...


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