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Guerillas (ETW Unit)

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Guerillas (ETW Unit)
Class Irregulars
Unit Size 80
Weaponry Muskets
Melee Attack
Ranged Attack
Charge Bonus
Region The Iberian Peninsular
Recruitment Cost 370
Upkeep Cost 90
Turns to Build
Unit Limit
Building Requirements Governor's Residence
Technology Requirements None
  • Can hide in woodland
  • Can hide in light scrub
  • Can hide in long grass
  • Paths seldom trod
  • Resistant to heat fatigue

  • Euro guerillas.png These men are not soldiers, but civilians driven to take up arms against their nation’s enemies.


    Guerrillas are not a recognised military organisation at all, but bands of friends and neighbours who have adapted banditry to be a way of making war. They fight hard, because if they are captured they can expect little mercy from an enemy: at best, a trial before inevitable execution. War and vendetta are often the same thing for guerrillas: wrongs done and the resulting hatred are what drive them to fight. They are best when employed in ambush, or to skirmish and harass. They cannot be expected to fight in carefully dressed lines like soldiers, because they are not soldiers.

    Historically, the Spanish people had an enormous capacity for carrying on wars against foreign occupiers long after their rulers had capitulated or made their peace with an enemy. Guerrillas arose as an act of rebellion. The name itself is Spanish, and means “little war”: the constant skirmishing and sniping that wears out an occupying army. When his men were bogged down there, Napoleon described Spain as an “ulcer”, thanks in part to the constant partisan warfare carried on by the guerrillas.


    Guerrillas are an irregular unit recruitable only in the Iberian Peninsular. Their good skill at marksmanship means that they should be used to harass the enemy and combat enemy skirmishers. Furthermore due to their abilities at hiding, Guerrillas are apt at setting up ambushes for unsuspecting enemy line or skirmishers. However due to their poor melee skills they should avoid melee at all costs, especially against cavalry.


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