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Battle of Kashyyyk


The Battle of Kashyyyk, also referred to as the Defense of Kashyyyk, was a significant conflict during the final years of the Galactic Republic. It was part of the larger engagement known as The Clone Wars, which lasted from 22 to 19 BBY (Before The Battle of Yavin). The home planet of the Wookiees, Kashyyyk, came under direct attack by the Droid Army of the Confederacy of Independent Systems (CIS). The aim was to enslave the Wookiees and exploit the planet's resources.

The battle was significant because of its grand scale and its place in the overall Clone War saga. It was also one of the last large-scale battles fought during the war, and its outcome led directly into the events of Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. The Republic's Grand Army, including its Clone soldiers and Wookiee allies, defended Kashyyyk against the droids of the CIS.

The engagement on Kashyyyk was noted for its brutal combat, both on land and in the surrounding sea and air. The CIS forces utilized an array of gigantic battle droids, tanks, and monstrous organic war machines. The Republic, and specifically the Wookiees, employed guerrilla tactics, using the dense forests of their home planet to their advantage.

The Battle came to an end with the issuance of Order 66 by Supreme Chancellor Palpatine, which commanded all Clone Troopers to turn on their Jedi Generals, marking the beginning of the Great Jedi Purge. Yoda, one of the Jedi commanders on Kashyyyk, avoided the fate of many of his colleagues thanks to the betrayal of two Wookiees, Tarfful and the famed Chewbacca.

In the aftermath, the CIS was finally defeated, and the Galactic Republic transformed into the oppressive Galactic Empire, which would continue to exploit planets like Kashyyyk and their native species. The repercussions of this Battle echoed throughout the rest of the Star Wars saga, underlining its significance in the overall narrative arc.

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