Grenzers (ETW unit)

Category: Infantry
Class: Light Infantry
Men: 20 / 40 / 60 / 80
Range: 90
Accuracy: 55
Reloading skill: 40
Ammunition: 20
Melee attack: 7
Charge bonus: 8
Defence: 7
Morale: 7
Turns to train: 2
Recruitment cost: 830
Upkeep cost: 200
Machined Rifling
Machined Rifling
Building (minimum level)
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Military Governor's Barracks

Grenzers are aggressive skirmishers, armed with an unusual double-barrelled musket.

These light infantry are used to harass and disrupt the enemy as battle commences. Like other skirmishing forces, the grenzers consider themselves a cut above most infantrymen. They are expected to show individual aggression, initiative and soldiering skills, not just obey and fight in formation.

Unusually, they carry heavy double-barrelled (over-and-under) muskets, allowing two shots before reloading. This innovative weapon doubles the firepower of a grenzer unit, compared to any other skirmishing force. Added to this, grenzers are taught to select their targets carefully, making them quite deadly opponents.

Historically, the Austrians had a tradition of creating high-quality light forces such as hussars and skirmishers. The grenzers were part of this tradition, recruited from among the Croat and Transylvania population of the Austrian Empire’s domains as frontier guards against the Turks. As frontiersmen, they had a certain air of lawlessness and even banditry, but they proved extremely able light troops and were used against Austria’s other enemies. Over time, however, they became a hybrid type between line infantry and skirmishers: often deployed in battle in the line, but with the ability to skirmish when necessary. As identifiable infantry units, the Grenzers remained in Austrian service until the end of the First World War in 1918.


Can guard
Can hide in buildings
Can hide in light scrub
Can hide in long grass
Can hide in woodland
Can skirmish
Good stamina
Grappling hooks

Technological abilities

Can place stakes
Chevaux de frise
Improved fougasse
Light infantry tactics
Volley fire

Available for:

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Unit is available when controlling the region of Croatia.

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