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

By Attila Nagy on at

I came across some winter time 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.

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

Photo: Senior Airman Kayla Newman/U.S. Air Force

U.S. 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.

Photo: Staff Sgt. Matthew Winstead/U.S. Army

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

Photo: Cpl Kyle McNally/U.S. Marine Corps

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

Photo: Royal Marines

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

Photo: Republic of Korea Armed Forces

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

Photo: Republic of Korea Armed Forces

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

Photo: Spc. Anderson Savoy/U.S. Army

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

Photo: Sgt. Terrance Payton, 3rd BCT Public Affairs, 82nd ABN Div/U.S. Army

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

Photo: Jonathan Hudson/U.S. 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.

Photo: Sgt. Jessi Ann McCormick/U.S. Army

South Korean soldiers standing guard.

Photo: 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.

Photo: Petty Officer 2nd Class Kevin O'Brien/U.S. Navy

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

Photos: PO (Phot) Sean Clees/Royal Marines

Runway clearance vehicles keeping RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire operational.

Photo: Cpl Andrew Seaward/RAF

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

Photo: Pfc. David Devich/U.S. Army

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

Photo: Pfc. Kasey Peacock/U.S. Marine Corps

Okay, this is not a winter scene, but you know why it 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.

Photo: Captain Dave Scammell/UK Armed Forces