From the MoviesThe men and women of the Rebel Alliance were fiercely dedicated to the principle of freedom, and would lay down their lives to win their objectives. Some were Imperials disillusioned with their government's tyranny. Some were from worlds subjugated by the Empire. In stark contrast to the faceless anonymity of the stormtrooper ranks or the precision drilling of Imperial Academy training, Alliance troops were aggressively individualistic and much more rag-tag.
From the Expanded UniverseSpecial Forces -- or SpecForces -- described the ground troops of the Rebel Alliance. They were small in number, an estimated 10 divisions. SpecForces were charged with protecting the High Command, and were assigned to the Fleet to be sent on detached duties to the sectors that needed them. Special Forces were organized into formal units, much like the Imperial Army: divisions, regiments, companies, platoons, and squads. However, they rarely operated in the field in such units. Instead, they were organized into task forces, consisting of as many soldiers and as much equipment needed to carry out a specific military objective. General Crix Madine was the commander of the Alliance SpecForces.
In addition to the basic training that all SpecForce soldiers received, there were a number of specializations in the Forces that led to SpecForce classifications. Below are some of the more common SpecForce classifications. When creating a task force, a commander mixed classification types to meet objectives.
Behind the ScenesSince most of the classic trilogy was shot in England, many of the actors portraying secondary Rebel characters were English. During post-production, American actors redubbed most of the Rebel dialogue. The Imperials, in contrast, retained their English accents.
During the filming of the Battle of Hoth for The Empire Strikes Back, the Echo Base troops were actually Norwegian mountain-rescue skiers. In exchange for participation in the film, Lucasfilm made a donation to the Norwegian Red Cross
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