Real Military Images Feel Like Lost Frames From The Empire Strikes Back

Real Military Images Feel Like Lost Frames From The Empire Strikes Back

I came across some wintertime military photographs that looked like lost frames from the Battle of Hoth, in The Empire Strikes Back. So much, in fact, that I couldn’t resist adding some laser gun turrets and AT-ATs. Check them out and post your mashups in the comments.


A US Air Force airman defrosts a C-130J Super Hercules at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan.

Picture: Senior Airman Kayla Newman/US Air Force

Picture: Senior Airman Kayla Newman/US Air Force


US Soldier from 56th Engineer Company spreads water to thicken a path of the Tanana River’s frozen surface during an ice-bridge construction project in Fort Wainwright, Alaska.

Picture: Staff Sgt. Matthew Winstead/US Army


US special operations forces (USSOF) personnel wade into the snow-covered village of Cabalaq, Afghanistan, during a personnel recovery mission.

Picture: Cpl Kyle McNally/US Marine Corps


Surveillance and Reconnaissance Squadron (SRS) conducting live firing break contact drills on the Setermoen exercise areas, Norway.

Picture: Royal Marines


South Korean soldiers standing guard on a peak near the North Korean border.

Picture: Republic of Korea Armed Forces


Cold weather training of Republic of Korea Army Special Warfare Force.

Picture: Republic of Korea Armed Forces


US soldiers make their way through knee-deep snow, during a patrol in Chamkani district, Paktiya province, Afghanistan.

Picture: Spc. Anderson Savoy/US Army


Paratroopers climb over a hill in order to secure an airfield near Fort Carson’s Camp Red Devil training area.

Picture: Sgt. Terrance Payton, 3rd BCT Public Affairs, 82nd ABN Div/US Army


Afghan National Army commandos patrol Khakrez district, Kandahar, Afghanistan.

Picture: Jonathan Hudson/US Army


Two crew members keep watch on the rear ramp of a CH-47 Chinook while flying over the mountains in the Khas Uruzgan district of Afghanistan.

Picture: Sgt. Jessi Ann McCormick/US Army


South Korean soldiers standing guard.

Picture: Republic of Korea Armed Forces


The attack submarine USS Connecticut (SSN 22) submerging under the ice at the Applied Physics Laboratory Ice Station in Prudhoe Bay, Alaska.

Picture: Petty Officer 2nd Class Kevin O’Brien/US Navy


Royal Marines with the Surveillance and Reconnaissance Squadron (SRS) conducting Ski-Doo driving drills on the Asegarden exercise areas, Norway.

Picture: PO (Phot) Sean Clees/Royal Marines

Picture: PO (Phot) Sean Clees/Royal Marines


Runway clearance vehicles keeping RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire operational.

Picture: Cpl Andrew Seaward/RAF


A US Special Forces officer waits for helicopters to arrive after a clearing operation in Jafare Sufla, Shah Joy district, Zabul province, Afghanistan.

Picture: Pfc. David Devich/US Army


Marines patrol through strong winds and heavy snow in Hokkaido prefecture, Japan.

Picture: Pfc. Kasey Peacock/US Marine Corps


OK, this is not a winter scene, but you know why has to be here: a soldier in Afghanistan watches as a Tarantula-Hawk (T-Hawk) remote piloted air system (RPAS) hovers over the desert during an operation.

Picture: Captain Dave Scammell/UK Armed Forces