some sources saying the battlestation had more than 7,000 on board. And don't get me started on the poor aim of Stormtroopers!
I've always thought the worst example of Imperial poor battle planning was when Vader kills an Imperial admiral in The Empire Strikes Back because he dropped the fleet out of hyperspace close to Hoth, hoping to surprise the Rebels. Any good tactical commander would've gone for the surprise.
But no, 34 years later I have finally discovered the worst example of strategic military planning in the movies. This scene, from late in the original movie, stood out to me when I saw it on cable last week.
From the shooting script (and preserved in the movie, despite all Lucas' modifications):
INTERIOR: MILLENNIUM FALCON -- COCKPIT.
Han, removes his gloves and smiling, is at the controls of the
ship. Chewie moves into the aft section to check the damage.
Leia is seated near Han.
HAN: Not a bad bit of rescuing, huh? You know, sometimes I even amaze myself.
LEIA: That doesn't sound too hard. Besides, they let us go. It's the
only explanation for the ease of our escape.
HAN: Easy...you call that easy?
LEIA: They're tracking us!
HAN: Not this ship, sister.
Frustrated, Leia shakes her head.
OK, so if Leia knew the Empire was tracking the Millennium Falcon, and the location of the Rebel Base was such a secret that Leia was unwilling to reveal it to the point where it got her home planet destroyed ... then why the fuck did she have the Falcon go straight to the Rebel base?????
C'mon George, you're killing me!