Guard Grenadiers (ETW Unit)
Renowned for their stoic resolve, Guard Grenadiers can be relied on not to break under the strain of battle. Apart from anything else, throwing grenades is a dangerous business, but potentially devastating to the enemy. Strength is also needed in hand-to-hand combat, and Guard Grenadiers are a useful force of shock troops to be hurled against a wavering enemy. Their skills and physical presence makes them intimidating, even before steel is drawn.
The 18th Century was a period when there were attempts to codify and define every aspect of military life to the smallest detail. Everything, from the smallest button on a uniform, to the way a man marched, was subject to discussion, regulation, and draconian punishment for deviation. The Polish Guard Grenadiers were subject to rigorous drill in every aspect of their training. The throwing drill for grenades had stances to be adopted when priming, igniting and throwing a grenade. Woe betide any Grenadier who did not follow the laid down procedure! Equally, woe betide any man who failed to dress to the appropriate standard, or behave as expected of a Guardsman!
Guard Grenadiers are recruitable only in the Polish home regions and are a unique, Elite Infantry. As with their Grenadier counterparts, Guard Grenadiers should be placed directly behind friendly lines so that they can unleash their explosive payload on incoming enemy soldiers. In order to maximise the effectiveness of the morale boost the Guard Grenadiers have on friendly units, they should be placed in the middle of the line. Due to the fact that the Guard Grenadiers have high morale and combat statistics, they can be relied upon in the heat of battle.