Dragoons (ETW Unit)

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Dragoons (ETW Unit)
Dragoon thumbnail.jpg
Class
Dragoons
Unit Size
80 Men
Weaponry
Carbines and Sabers
Morale
Melee Attack
Ranged Attack
Defence
Charge Bonus
Accuracy
Range
Ammunition
Region
Global
Recruitment Cost
950
Upkeep Cost
280
Turns to Build
Unit Limit
Building Requirements
Army Encampment
Technology Requirements
Carbines
Attributes
  • Can dismount
  • Can hide in woodland
  • Garrison policing bonus

  • Dragoons thumb.png Despite appearances, dragoons are not really cavalry but mounted line infantry, riding into a battle then fighting on foot

    Overview

    Horses give mobility, not shock value in combat. Dragoons do not charge home, but ride to critical spots on a battlefield where infantry firepower is needed. They carry smooth-bore, muzzle-loading muskets with shortened barrels (to make reloading easier) originally called “dragons” or dragoons; over time, this name transferred to the men.

    Dragoons are also useful for riot control and civil suppression (“dragooning” is to bully people into a course of action). Their usefulness as infantry and “cheap” cavalry means that they can put down all kinds of trouble, as cutting down civilians is beneath the dignity of proper cavalry regiments.

    Historically, dragoons slowly became cavalry soldiers like any other, and stopped fighting as mounted infantry, although many regiments did retain the name. The cavalry had always regarded them as (lower paid) social inferiors, and the infantry had resented them as not being proper footsloggers, so the dragoons welcomed their new acceptability.

    Details

    Dragoons can act as a light cavalry force as well as quick-response firepower thanks to their carbines. All Dragoons have the option to dismount and act as Infantry; however, they are still ill-suited for taking on proper Line Infantry due to their inferior numbers and melee statistics.

    Dragoons have 25% more manpower than other horse regiments. However, even with this advantage in numbers they cannot normally take on Heavy or even Light Cavalry without support.


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