In Return of the Jedi, they are sending a small strike team to the forest moon of Endor to take down the shield generator. For some reason they bring C3PO along. I know the story required him to be there to translate for the Ewoks, but in-universe, what was the reason they brought him along? Did they know of the existence of Ewoks, and hope they’d be able to enlist their help? The movie gives no indication of that.
I can accept that answer, but what really bothers me is that the team dresses in camouflage to avoid detection, but then bring along a shiny gold android. Couldn’t they have given him camouflage as well, or were the Rebellion’s supplies just that limited?