Coureurs de Bois (ETW Unit)
Rangers are used for scouting and raiding missions far beyond the skills of ordinary men. Their ranks are mostly drawn from frontiersmen already hardened to living in the wilderness, as their experience making them ideal for further training. The wild nature of their environment is reflected in the unconventional tactics they are taught, and they are given some leeway where formal army discipline is concerned.
Historically, rangers were employed by the British army and were used in the hostile environments of North America during the French and Indian War. They would carry out long distance winter raids using crude snowshoes to travel. The most famous and revered of all rangers were the “Rogers’ Rangers”, named for their commanding officer, Robert Rogers. The traditions of Rogers’ Rangers are carried on today by the US Army Rangers.
Available at the beginning of the game in the North America to France, Coureurs de Bois are elite irregular skirmishers. Unlike most light infantry, Coureurs de Bois do not require Light Infantry Doctrine to recruit, and they are accessible in unlimited number as long as the training facilities are available. This makes Coureurs de Bois early substitutes for Light Infantry. Like Light Infantry, they have superior range to Line Infantry, can deploy skirmishing tactics, and are invisible to the enemy when immobile; by default, Coureurs de Bois also are in a scattered formation, making them more resistance to massed fire although it increases their vulnerability to cavalry. Compared to Rangers, the Coureurs de Bois have superior statistics, making them a useful init to field.