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Swiss Infantry (ETW Unit)

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Swiss Infantry (ETW Unit)
Euro superior line infantry-1.png
Class Elite Infantry
Unit Size 160 Men
Weaponry Muskets
Morale
Melee Attack
Ranged Attack
Defence
Charge Bonus
Accuracy
Range
Ammunition
Region The Netherlands
Recruitment Cost 990
Upkeep Cost 240
Turns to Build
Unit Limit
Building Requirements Drill School
Technology Requirements None
Attributes
  • Can hide in woodland
  • Can hide in light scrub
  • Can guard
  • Resistant to morale shocks
  • Grappling hooks

  • Euro swiss line infantry thumb.pngThese musket-armed troops use massed volleys to break an enemy, relying on discipline to withstand any counter fire.


    Description

    “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

    This line unit is an upgrade version of the regular Line Infantry. They are better trained than their counterparts and perform much better in battle as a result of this. Unfortunately they have a unit limit and a very small are to recruit from. Because of this these units should be used sparingly and where they're most needed. They can hold flanks together nearly as well as guards.

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