Garde à Cheval (ETW unit)

Garde à Cheval
Garde à Cheval
Category: Cavalry
Class: Heavy Cavalry
Men: 15 / 30 / 45 / 60
Melee attack: 21
Charge bonus: 19
Defence: 17
Morale: 13
Unit limit: 1
Turns to train: 2
Recruitment cost: 1450
Upkeep cost: 360
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Winter Palace

The Garde à Cheval are gentlemen of quality, hand picked from the best families, who protect the monarch.

The Garde à Cheval are a court regiment where appearance is just as important as fighting prowess. The gentlemen of this unit (and they are all gentlemen) are not the common sort of soldier, and they are not respected by the rest of the army. Often, they are also unloved by the people too, as they stand with the monarch, and this can mean taking a sabre to their own countrymen.

Historically, from 1721 the Russian throne was protected by a mounted guard regiment, a unit drawn almost exclusively from the nobility. Because of their duties and control of access to the Imperial family, the Garde à Cheval had significant political power. Although drawn from the nobility, the original guards were not appointed for their military skills: as the bodyguards of the Empress Elizabeth, they were chosen for their other “endowments”. The Empress had a roving eye, and a taste for handsome young men of good blood. A certain kind of stamina was also required! This kind of behaviour merely served to confirm the prejudices against Russians in the more refined (or so they liked to think) royal courts of Western Europe.


Inspires nearby units

Technological abilities

Wedge formation
Diamond formation

Available for:

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This unit is part of the Elite Units of the West DLC.