“The All Terrain Tactical Enforcer” - AT-TE - was next in line to the LAAT gunship in the mind of the frontline clone trooper as being the sweetest sight on the battlefield. The droids has their hellfire tanks and their spider walkers of course, but the sheer volume of firepower and armour that the AT-TE possessed meant that those clanker tankers were turned to spare parts rather quickly. One time, during a major offensive on Felucia, my unit and I were surrounded by three battalions worth of droids. Destroyers, Supers, regular tinnies, you name it, the Seps had’em blasting at us. Our lieutenant had taken a thermal detonator right to the chest and was unconscious, and the only NCO we had was bleeding heavily from a head wound, but was still giving orders. We thought we were done for... we are clones after all: meant to be expendable. Well at least that’s what we thought until we received a transmission from the RNS Resolute. It seemed General Skywalker lived up the rumour that he left no man behind... men. He thought of us as men, not assets. As the droids closed in around us, we heard a familiar metallic shlunk, shlunk, shlunk: the Lartys couldn’t land, but the AT-TE’s? They walked through hell to pull us out. I’ll never understand why the Empire phases them out for the bloody AT-AT, but then that’s above my rank scale.
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