Sonic Glitch wrote:they could escort the transport ship OR they could fight the AT-ATs.
stitch626 wrote:Perhaps the rebels were unaware of the ATAT's true abilities and strength (or unaware of it all together).
Mikey wrote:Exactly my point. Since an escort of two X-wings vs. one (or more) ISD's is tantamount to throwing a warm snowball at an M1, why not opt for the latter choice where they could actually have a positive effect?
Deepcrush wrote:Honestly, I would have preferred the man portable CMs in support of a single pair of fighters in Atmo.
Captain Seafort wrote:We don't know whether manportable firepower exists that can stop an AT-AT. Isard's Revenge demonstrated that even X-Wing laser cannon (the same cannon that vapourised big chunks of the Death Star in ANH) will only do relatively minor damage, although they can bring AT-AT's down. Given how poorly equipped the rebels were at the time (they were extremely lucky to get their hands on X-wings), I doubt they'd be able to obtain ground-mounted weapons with that sort of firepower.
Captain Seafort wrote:As for using the X-wings, it's possible that they couldn't be used under the shield - note that the Imperials provided no air support to their forces whatsoever.
Captain Seafort wrote:Against an ISD, sure, but that's what the ion cannon was for. The X-wings were probably there to cover the transports against fighter interference.
Captain Seafort wrote:We don't know whether manportable firepower exists that can stop an AT-AT.
Captain Seafort wrote:As for using the X-wings, it's possible that they couldn't be used under the shield
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