Hindu Musketeers (ETW Unit)
For all its smoke and noise, handling the smoothbore, muzzle-loading musket can be taught to all but the most stupid of men. Once the basic skills of loading have been mastered, it is simply a matter of pointing the loud end at the enemy and pulling the trigger. It is in God's hands as to what happens next!
Even the most inexperienced or cack-handed of peasants can be useful with a musket in his hands. The noise of a volley is often enough to frighten, and any casualties in the enemy ranks are a bonus.
Historically, such units of irregular musket men would arrive at a battlefield with all kinds of weapons, from ancient matchlocks handed down from father to son, to modern government-issue weapons looted from the enemy dead. This lack of standardisation did not matter much, as it was the ability to fire at all that made the unit a useful force.
Hindu Musketeers are the Maratha equivalent to Western militia. There are some key differences: Hindu Musketeers have slightly better statistics and can use Square Formation. Despite these advantages, they are not to be relied upon and will break quickly in the face of a disciplined opposition. Hindu Musketeers should be used to support friendly lines as they cannot be expected to outgun a higher trained and better equipped Line Infantry unit.