The 501st Legion were an elite group of Clone Troopers that served under Anakin Skywalker during the Clone Wars They continued to serve him under the Empire when he became Darth Vader as "Vader's Fist."
Battle of Geonosis Edit
The 501st were deployed first in the Battle of Geonosis - the first battle of the Clone Wars. The horrific nature of the fighting was unexpected even with their rigorous training. However, their experiences on Geonosis made them a battle-hardened legion and gave them the experience to take on any mission in the Clone Wars.
"All that breeding, all those years of training, it doesn't really prepare you for all the screaming, all the blood does it? Frankly, I'm still amazed we made it through the first hour, nevermind the first day." - excerpt from the journal a 501st Clone Trooper / Survivor of Geonosis
Order 66 Edit
Upon the execution of Order 66, Anakin, newly named as Darth Vader, marched on the temple with the 501st to purge the majority of the Jedi Order.
"We all knew what was about to happen, what we were about to do. Did we have any doubts? Any private, traitorous thoughts? Perhaps, but none of us said a word" - excerpt from the journal a 501st Clone Trooper on Order 66
As Vader's FistEdit
In the early days of the Empire, the 501st were sent to quell many revolting planets such as Naboo and Kashyyyk. They continued to serve under Vader and were renamed as "Vader's Fist."
Kaminoan Revolt Edit
The 501st was instrumental in crushing the Kaminoan Revolt in 12 BBY. The Kaminoans revolting grown disobedient and had commisioned their own batch of Clones to rival the Empire. This attack was spearheaded by Bounty Hunter Boba Fett who grew up in the facilities.
Ending this insurrection removed a potential threat, but also ended the possibility of Clone replenishment. Over time as Clones aged-out (due to their accelerated ageing) the ranks were replaced with normal human Stormtroopers.
"We never really got used to the new guys." - a 501st Clone with regards to regular human stormtroopers being added to the legion
Rebel Base on Hoth Edit
The final recorded mission with any remaining Clone members in the 501st was in 3 ABY with the successful attack on the Rebel base on the ice planet of Hoth. It was considered vengeance for the Rebels blowing up the Death Star which had some members of the 501st stationed on it when the battle station was destroyed.
- Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
- Star Wars Battlefront II (2005 Video Game)
- Revenge of the Sith (Video Game)