I love this post for thinking about the Battle of Hoth, where the Empire fails in all of its objectives. For me, the really confusing part of this battle is at the start, when Vader kills the Admiral for appearing out of hyperspace too close to the planet, losing the element of surprise. It would seem to me that appearing further out would be helpful perhaps for surrounding the planet, but would also be detected sooner since the fleet would then be crossing through the star system for a bit of time. This would give the Rebels more time to react, not less. Unless one assumes that the Rebels cannot detect a fleet in the neighborhood. I find that hard to believe, given the rest of the state of technology existing in that galaxy at that time.
So, anyone care to make sense of that for me?