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12.10.2012 , 03:57 PM | #15
Well, as with much in Star Wars and the Imperials in particular, the term "Stormtropper" is most likely a reference to the specialist "thrust troops" of the Imperial German Army in the Great War. I won't use the German term as they had a much different and more sinister connotation in the Second World War.

The Stormtroopers of the Great War were squad based assault troops used to spearhead attacks. They used machine guns, flame throwers, grenades and other close range weapons as opposed to the traditional bolt-action rifles of the general infantry. They generally suffered heavy casualties due to their role.

I generally view the Star Wars breed in the same light. They are always where the action is.

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