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Voltigeurs (ETW Unit)

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Voltigeurs (ETW Unit)
Euro elite light infantry.png
Class Light Infantry
Unit Size 80 Men
Weaponry Muskets
Morale
Melee Attack
Ranged Attack
Defence
Charge Bonus
Accuracy
Range
Ammunition
Region Global
Recruitment Cost 460
Upkeep Cost 180
Turns to Build
Unit Limit
Building Requirements Army board
Technology Requirements Machined Rifling
Attributes
  • Can skirmish
  • Can hide in woodland
  • Can hide in light scrub
  • Can hide in long grass
  • Can hide in buildings
  • Good stamina

  • Euro elite light infantry thumb.png Light infantry forces form a skirmish line to slow the enemy advance and keep their own line unmolested by enemy skirmishers.

    Overview

    Whether they are called light infantry, jaegers, tirailleurs or chasseurs à pied, it is the job of these men to screen the main battle line, harass the enemy and, if possible, pick off important men in the enemy’s ranks. Unlike their fellows in the line infantry, light infantrymen are trained to think for themselves, use the ground and cover intelligently, and not fight in rigid lines. Instead, they form a loose skirmish line and fire independently at their own designated targets. The effect is a constant, low-level barrage rather than the crashing thunder of a volley but the effect is quite deadly as officers and sergeants are picked off and removed from the fight. Against cavalry, however, their best defence is to withdraw to their own battle line.

    Historically, the Austrians were widely regarded as producing the finest light infantry forces in Europe. Other nations did catch up, but in the case of Britain and France it was their experiences in fighting in North America that persuaded them of the wisdom of light troops. Battle lines were simply impossible to manage in the dense woodlands, and largely pointless against the native tribes!

    Details

    Voltigeurs are a cancelled light infantry unit available only to France. They should be used as any other light infantry, which is to harass the enemy lines and combat any other enemy light infantry. Due to their good abilities at hiding, Voltigeurs are apt at creating ambushes for unsuspecting enemy lines. This can produce a devastating effect upon the enemy. However due to their low melee abilities the should avoid melee at all costs, especially against cavalry.

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