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Hessian Line Infantry (ETW Unit)

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Hessian Line Infantry (ETW Unit)
Chasseurs Britanniques.jpg
Class Line Infantry
Unit Size 160 men
Weaponry Muskets
Morale
Melee Attack
Ranged Attack
Defence
Charge Bonus
Accuracy
Range
Ammunition
Region The Americas
Recruitment Cost 800
Upkeep Cost 200
Turns to Build
Unit Limit
Building Requirements Magistrate
Technology Requirements None
Attributes
  • Fire by Rank
  • Fire and Advance
  • Can hide in woodland
  • Square Formation

  • Chasseurs Britannique thumb.pngThese musket-armed troops use massed volleys to break an enemy, relying on discipline to withstand any counter fire.

    Overview

    “Marching regiments” or “line battalions” make up the majority of units in European-style armies. They are so called because they form the line of battle, not because they always deploy in lines. Indeed, over time the capabilities of line infantry should improve as new tactics, drill and weaponry are developed.

    These soldiers carry muzzle-loading, smoothbore muskets firing lead balls as wide as a man’s thumb. These are inaccurate weapons, effective only over 200 paces or so and when fired in massed volleys. The ability to fire and reload with machine-like regularity with shot and bullet flying and comrades falling all around is what wins battles.

    Historically, in many armies colonels received a fee to raise regiments, which remained their personal property and commands. They jealously guarded their rights to appoint friends, relatives and hangers-on as regimental officers. This contractor system, however, allowed unscrupulous officers to make handsome profits by pocketing the pay of non-existent soldiers. The better colonels did take a pride in their regiments, spending their own fortunes on good uniforms and weapons. The capabilities of a “standard” line infantry unit therefore varied between nations and over time. It wasn’t until the 1760s that anything approaching uniformity of drill, equipment and regulations became the norm.

    Line infantry regiments remained unchanged throughout the period, and their organisational pattern still forms the basis of modern military units.

    Details

    Hessian line infantry are slightly inferior to regular line infantry in every way, having less range and damage statistics. However, early in the game they can be recruited in almost any city situated in the Americas (including civilian buildings) and are cheaper to field and maintain. There is a limit of five of these units for each faction.

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