|17th Jäger Regiment|
|Appears in||Napoleon: Total War|
|Soldiers in each unit||30/60/90/120|
|Produced from||Military Academy|
|Cost||540 SP/660 MP|
|Turns to Train||2|
These veterans are versatile light infantry, adept at both skirmishing and fighting in the line.
Able to fight in loose skirmish formation or fire a massed volley when organised in line, the Jägers are an adaptable response to enemy tactics. Although their experience in battle means they have good firepower, the Jägers’ flexibility as a unit has its disadvantages. They are not as accurate as other skirmishers and will not always beat enemy line infantry when firing in volley. They also lack the ability to form square, which leaves them vulnerable to cavalry charges.
During 1804-1813, Russia was fighting on two fronts: holding off Napoleon’s troops and fighting a war for territory against the Persians. The Russo-Persian War was an attempt by both sides to consolidate their claims to the same land. Russia was attempting to expand the empire and Persia was attempting to hold on to lands they always considered their own. Because the Russians were also committed against the French, they could not provide a large force to fight the Persians, and instead had to rely on superior technology and tactics to gain an advantage.
The 17th Jäger Regiment is, by a considerable margin, the best light infantry Russia has access to. Compared to Russian Jägers, they have far superior accuracy and reloading, yet identical melee statistics. They are slightly superior to Chasseurs and Grenzers fielded by France and Austria respectively, but are still significantly worse than Prussian Fusiliers and Light Foot.
Like all Russian troops, they are immune to the effects of cold fatigue and cold attrition, and also benefit from an unusually high charge bonus. Their poor defenses, however, make them unfit for prolonged melee fighting.
In multiplayer, the 17th Jäger Regiment retains its clear superiority at a distance over Russian Jägers, yet barely cost more (660 gold compared to 630). This makes them a very solid investment should the player consider fielding light infantry.