The German Garrison is the German division of the 501st Legion, the world’s largest Star Wars costume club with over 14,000 members from more than 60 countries.
Since 1997, the 501st Legion, also known as 501st or Vader’s Fist, has been spreading the magic of the Star Wars saga with the self-made, authentic costumes of its members at events and has become a pioneer in supporting charitable causes by fan groups and is officially recognized by Lucasfilm.
In doing so, the members of the 501st Legion have dedicated themselves to the costumes of the “Dark Side,” the Galactic Empire and the First Order – as well as the crooks, villains and shady characters from all generations of George Lucas’ incomparable science fiction saga.
When Albin Johnson (TK-210) founded the 501st Legion in 1997, he chose the name as a designation for a fictional unit of imperial stormtroopers upon whose structure the first stormtrooper association would be based. As a token of appreciation for their achievements and with the support of Lucasfilm, the 501st Legion’s name has since been immortalized in books, movies, video games and even in the form of an action figure. In 2008, the 501st Legion even received an entry in the Guinness Book of World Records due to its high membership.
Most recently, some members were even given the honor of starring in some episodes of the Disney+ series The Mandalorian.
The German Garrison, as the German subunit of the Legion, celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2020 since its founding by just ten members in 2000, and now has more than 1,000 active members from all over Germany (as of August 2021), making it by far the largest garrison of the 501st Legion in the world.
Our members are organized into five squads defined by region:
Activities of the German Garrison
Like all 501st Legion garrisons worldwide, the German Garrison is dedicated to promoting public interest and enthusiasm for Star Wars through the construction and wearing of costumes, providing memorable Star Wars experiences for visitors to fan events and functions – young and old alike – and supporting charitable causes and charitable projects through volunteer work.
The costumes worn by the members are the result of painstaking research, careful crafting and lots of dedication, as the majority of the costume pieces are handmade and assembled by the members themselves.
Where can you meet the German Garrison?
The members of the German Garrison can be found on many different occasions: at fan conventions in Germany and the surrounding countries, at Star Wars promotions in stores, in movie theaters, at charity events (fundraisers, children’s hospital and hospice visits, etc.) and almost everywhere where there are links to Star Wars.
The costume club is a regular guest at CCON | COMIC CON STUTTGART, the Science-Fiction-Treffen or the Cosplay Days at the Technikmuseum in Speyer, FedCon in Bonn and many other fan events around science fiction, fantasy and anime.