|Appears in||Napoleon: Total War|
|Belongs to||Bedouin, Ottoman Empire, France (all in Egyptian Campaign only)|
|Soldiers in each unit||15/30/45/60|
|Produced from||Drill School in desert regions|
|Turns to Train||2|
These camel-mounted irregulars are armed with carbines and are born skirmishers.
Horses cannot stand the smell of camels, and this gives all camel riders the advantage in melee. However, these soldiers are most effective when using their firepower to harass enemies, whittling down their numbers to the point where a charge will break them. They are also swift and very manoeuvrable, and this can be used to keep them out of trouble as well as send them to a critical point in battle. They will not, however, survive for long if they are sent against a disciplined and well-handled line infantry unit.
Historically, the Bedouin people talked before resorting to the feud, although they were very adept at defending themselves when needed. Life in the desert was harsh and unforgiving, and unnecessary squabbles or attempts to save face through violence did nothing for a man’s survival. The Bedouin were raiders on other folk but that was a matter of survival, and directed, as often as not, against outsiders.
Camel Gunners are statistically identical to Shaturnal Camel Gunners. They are available only in the Egyptian Campaign, and are recruited in desert regions only. They are unavailable in multiplayer battles.
Camel Gunners' mounts give them an advantage over other cavalry with their ability to scare horses. This makes them a versatile unit with multiple functions unique to them in the Ottoman unit roster. However, their stats are rather poor, and their status as camel troops make them slower than most cavalry. They work best in tandem with units that are better suited to inflicting and receiving damage.
Like all Ottoman and Bedouin units, Camel Gunners are resistant to heat fatigue, giving them a stamina advantage over factions' units on desert maps and making them immune to the effects of heat attrition. Their immunity to heat fatigue, coupled with their good stamina bonus, often grants them a large stamina bonus over their enemies.
France also gains access to these units upon taking over desert regions. As most French troops suffer from heat attrition and fatigue, Camel Gunners greatly add to their ability to operate in desert regions.