Husares Independiente de Extremadura (NTW unit)
|Husares Independiente de Extremadura|
|Men:||15 / 30 / 45 / 60|
|Turns to train:||2|
These mounted troops are versatile and fast moving, particularly effective against enemies such as skirmishers and artillery. Guerrilla units can be deployed anywhere on the battlefield except inside the enemy deployment zone or within range of the enemy general.
The essence of the guerrilla or “little war” is that a small force can take on a much larger foe by relying on ambushes, cunning and speed. Guerrilla Húsares are motivated by their hatred for the French, which drives them forward during their impressive cavalry charges. Their speed and agility should be used to chase down skirmishers or disrupt enemy artillery, but they will be outclassed should they ever face heavier cavalry in melee or, for that matter, infantry in square.
The mountainous terrain of Spain and Portugal made movement by heavy cavalry or artillery slow and difficult for all the armies in the Peninsular War. The roads that did exist were rough and poorly maintained, prompting the Grand Armée and the Spanish guerrillas to rely on lighter cavalry such as hussars as the mobile elements. Many of the guerrillas were actually from the towns and villages found high in the mountains. Their local knowledge gave them an advantage in covering ground. Their reputation as mountain “savages” was as useful as numbers in intimidating the French; it was a notoriety enhanced by the collecting French ears and fingers as war trophies.
- Can hide in woodland
- Good stamina
- Guerrilla warfare
- Paths seldom trod
- Wedge formation
- Diamond formation
Unit is exclusive to the Peninsular Campaign and is available when controlling the region of Badajoz. Great Britain may acquire this unit through occupying or liberating its home region.