The Imperial Navy was formed from the Republic Navy of the Galactic Republic in 19 BBY , as part of Palpatine 's Imperialization campaign during the rise of the Empire. [2] A reorganized command structure, eventually consisting of twelve Grand Admirals , [3] oversaw the rapid expansion of the fleet that had begun during the Clone Wars . Growing discontent with the Empire eventually coalesced into the Alliance to Restore the Republic , which began a military campaign against Imperial forces, that became known as the Galactic Civil War .

Perhaps the best example of this is the Zippo lighter bomb of the Viet Cong. Packed with just enough explosives to blow off a hand or two, they instilled fear into a normally relaxing activity for soldiers. The scariest part was that it was nearly impossible to distinguish sabotaged lighters from normal ones. Unlike mines and IEDs, the lighters could be sneaked into US fortifications by the Viet Cong and no one would be the wiser. People started to wonder if their next smoke could be their last with that hand, or at all.


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