I wonder if the new "Battle of Hoth" will be as tense and complex as it was in the game "Rogue Squadron" ?
I like how the Empire throws in waves of troops and vehicles (TIEs!) at the Rebels, forcing them to flee the base - somehow it is better orchestrated than in the actual movie ...
The only Evidence for there ever being any planned ground combat between rebel troops and snow storm troopers was after wedge tripped the AT-AT.
Half of the sequence remains in the film where the guy shouts "Come on!" and they run forward out of the trenches.
So why did it not end up in the film? I think the reasons are quite obvious. You would still have trouble in 2015 doing that shot but the ambition was certainly there and the ideas were flowing or even overflowing. A decision to keep the snow troopers in the AT-AT hulls was also an obvious choice to make things easier to shoot the miniatures. But it is a shame we never got to see them abseiling out of the Hatches on the side. In fact a real shame that was...
There is many a different twist or an interpretation of a shot if you add a particular element to a shot and present it like that. You sometimes not only need to look for whole shots being removed such as in this case to understand why they were running at the AT-AT or should I say planned and never made to fully understand things but also look for absent elements from shots... It could be Laser fire, It might be a few tie fighters but all of a sudden a different meaning unfolds to a shot and you can say... Ah now I got It!
But there is certainly not any Missing Tie Fighters on the planet Hoth ground battle.