Holland Guard (ETW unit)

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Holland Guard
Holland Guard
Category: Infantry
Class: Elite Infantry
Men: 40 / 80 / 120 / 160
Range: 70
Accuracy: 55
Reloading skill: 60
Ammunition: 15
Melee attack: 7
Charge bonus: 11
Defence: 18
Morale: 11
Unit limit: 6
Turns to train: 2
Recruitment cost: 1620
Upkeep cost: 400
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Army Staff College

The Holland Guards are infantry, charged with protecting the national leader and his immediate family.

These troops are equipped as line infantry, and carry smoothbore muskets. Their uniforms are splendid, and mark them out as a superior unit, in arrogance if nothing else. They are trained to deliver devastating volley fire, and never to waver in the face of a foe. This attitude serves them well in battle, as the Guard can hardly be seen to cut and run, no matter how hot the fight.

Historically, the guards sometimes became the only unit a leader could rely on when politics got out of hand, most of the time. It was not unknown for the Guard to be kingmakers, even in a republic, and only give their protection to their preferred choice of leader. With the turbulent history of the Dutch, the Holland Guard were provided with numerous opportunities to change the national leader. As the 18th century drew to a close, the fire of the French Revolution was spreading through Europe: free thinkers saw the merits of the Revolution and many set their minds on something similar in their own countries.


Can guard
Can hide in light scrub
Can hide in woodland
Grappling hooks
Inspires nearby units
Resistant to morale shocks

Technological abilities

Plug bayonet
Ring bayonet
Socket bayonet
Chevaux de frise
Fire and advance
Fire by rank
Platoon firing
Improved platoon firing
Square formation

Available for:

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United Provinces


This was a free unit included in the update 1.3 of the game, introducing diversity to its faction.