Garde de Corp (ETW unit)

Garde de Corp
Garde de Corp
Category: Cavalry
Class: Heavy Cavalry
Men: 15 / 30 / 45 / 60
Melee attack: 21
Charge bonus: 19
Defence: 13
Morale: 13
Unit limit: 1
Turns to train: 2
Recruitment cost: 1350
Upkeep cost: 330
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Army Staff College

These elite cavalrymen are mounted on large horses and armed with swords, and use shock and impact to break enemies.

A court regiment, the Garde du Corps are part of the monarch’s personal household, but they are a useful force for any general. As part of a tactical reserve, they can attack wavering enemies, delivering the blow that drives them from the field. They should not be used for pursuit, a task better suited to lighter cavalry. Only a rash or extremely bold general would have them attack a prepared enemy: cavalry are usually not capable of breaking infantry formations without support.

Given the informal nature of many armies in the 18th Century, household troops were the only ones a monarch could rely upon in a crisis. The Garde du Corps of the Netherlands was a conscious attempt to copy the French Bourbon household troops, widely regarded as being the best in Europe. The French were often seen as military geniuses, from siege warfare and tactics to military fashion. It was far from outrageous for other crowned heads to ape the French Garde du Corps when looking to their own security.


Inspires nearby units

Technological abilities

Wedge formation
Diamond formation

Available for:

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United Provinces


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