Battle of Geonosis

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Battle before: The first battle of the Clone Wars preceded by the Battle of Naboo
Battle after: 1st Battle of Rhen Var
Battle of Geonosis
ConflictClone Wars
Date22 BBY
PlaceGeonosis
ResultRepublic victory
Combatants
Galactic Republic Confederacy of Independent Systems
Commanders
Yoda
Mace Windu
Count Dooku
Poggle the Lesser
Strength
Casualties
186 Jedi, a large number of clone trooper soldiers, many AT-TEs and LAATs Jango Fett, many Geonosian warriors, a few of the Confederacy of Independent Systems staff, and many droid units, several Core Ships and other transports as well

The Battle of Geonosis is a battle which occurred in the fictional Star Wars universe between the Confederacy of Independent Systems and the Galactic Republic. It was the opening battle of the Clone Wars, and was featured in the film Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones. The battle occurred after Separatist forces captured Obi-Wan Kenobi on Geonosis, and he was charged with spying for the Republic. Anakin Skywalker and Senator Padmé Amidala attempted to rescue Kenobi and were also captured and sentenced to death. The Galactic Senate granted Chancellor Palpatine "emergency powers" to deal with the crisis.

A group of 212 Jedi, led by Jedi Master Mace Windu were sent to Geonosis by the Jedi Council to rescue Obi-Wan and investigate reports that Separatists were constructing an army on Geonosis. Mace Windu, Kit Fisto, Barris Offee, Shaak Ti, and Luminara Unduli were the genarals. After deploying into the arena in which Kenobi, Skywalker and Amidala were to be executed in the hope of scaring the geonosians into surrender, the Jedi were ambushed by a massive Battle droid army. It had been a trap, and a great many Jedi died due to their lack of military organisation and the failure of a group of knights lead by Ki Adi Mundi to shut down the droids from their command ship. The few Jedi who remained were forced into a circle, prepared to make their last stand, but at the last minute they were rescued by the timely arrival of Jedi Master Yoda leading a clone army grown in secret on Kamino.

After the rescue of the Jedi, the droid and clone armies engaged one another in a complex series of engagements on a number of different fronts. The Republic's army landed in twelve Acclamator-class assault ships, offloading infantry, armoured vehicles, artillery and air support. The Separatist army consisted of droid infantry of varying strength and larger droid-controlled vehicles. Crucially, the Republic conducted an aerial bombardment of the Separatists' fighter craft, allowing the Republic's gunships to have air superiority throughout much of the battle.

Although the clone troopers were vastly outnumbered by droids, the droids were heavily exposed to attacks from the air by Republic gunships. The Republic's armoured AT-TEs were strong against the lightly armoured spider droids employed by the Separatists, but were vulnerable to the rockets on the hailfire droids, and many were destroyed. The Republic gunships, again, were instrumental in clearing away the hailfire droids and allowing the AT-TEs to establish superiority on the battlefield.

Having beaten the droid army into retreat Yoda took note of the fact that much of the Separatist starfleet was still grounded receiving shipments of droids when the Republic attacked. Lightly armoured and vulnerable Techno Union starships attempted to withdraw immediately, but many were destroyed in the first wave of attacks from the Republic gunships. The Jedi master now ordered the army's artillery to attempt to take down as many of the Trade Federation Core Ships as possible, as they each held hundreds of thousands of deadly droids. The Republic was successful in this but it would seem evident that despite taking control of the surface of the planet (Commando teams infiltrated the spires holding the Geonosian cities but whether they were successful is unclear) they were unable to capture the Seperatist leadership and stop the war before it began.

In the midst of the battle the Separatist leader Count Dooku tried to escape to a hangar where his starship was located. A gunship carrying Obi-Wan Kenobi, Anakin Skywalker and Padmé Amidala gave chase. Upon arriving at Dooku's hangar, Kenobi and Skywalker engaged Dooku in a lightsaber battle where Dooku revealed himself to be using the arcane power of the Sith. Dooku defeated the two Jedi but their execution was prevented by the arrival of Master Yoda at the hangar. Yoda and Dooku engaged in a ferocious battle which ended when Dooku escaped in his solar sailer moments before Amidala arrived with further reinforcements. Count Dooku flew to Coruscant, to meet with his master, who was settled in an abandoned district not far from the Jedi Temple. During his meeting with Darth Sidious, the Dark Lord ordered Count Dooku; now Darth Tyranus, to retreat to Raxus Prime to prepare a second battle front against the Republic. Meanwhile, the Army of the Republic was mobilized throughout the galaxy as the Clone Wars began.

Battle of Geonosis Participants

Jedi and Republic Leadership

Separatist Leadership

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