18th Regiment d’Infanterie de Ligne “The Brave” (NTW unit)
These soldiers are line infantry, and more versatile than their lesser comrades.
The 18th Regiment are revered by their fellow countrymen, who know them as “The Brave”. They are experienced soldiers and that makes them valuable on the battlefield. Formed into a line, they can deliver a volley of fire into an enemy, follow it with a decisive charge and then finish the foe in close combat. Brave or not, they are still vulnerable to artillery and sniping by skirmishers. Like other line infantry, they can form square to repulse enemy cavalry.
The 18th Regiment were at the Battle of Leipzig in 1813, at that time the largest battle to have taken place on European soil. It was also a decisive victory for the forces of the Sixth Coalition, and Napoleon was forced to retreat. This persuaded the smaller German states to join the Coalition. Thanks to Leipzig, the Coalition forces outnumbered the French; apart from anything else, Napoleon had lost his Grande Armée during his failed Russian campaign in 1812. The Coalition further weakened Napoleon’s forces by avoiding battle with the emperor, instead attacking his less able sub-ordinates.
- Can guard
- Can hide in woodland
- Grappling hooks
- Resistant to morale shocks
- Chevaux de frise
- Fire and advance
- Socket bayonet
- Square formation
This unit is part of the Heroes of the Napoleonic Wars DLC. It is originally included in the Imperial Edition of the game.