|Appears in||Empire: Total War|
|Belongs to||Most Western factions|
|Soldiers in each unit||15/30/45/60|
|Produced from||Barracks or Military Governor's Barracks in India|
|Turns to Train||1|
Recruited to fight in India, Company Cavalry are mercenaries fighting for the great trading companies.
The officers and men in these units are Europeans, not locals, even though these regiments are raised in India. They are supposedly more reliable than native levies when defending European interests.
Company cavalry are equipped in European rather than Indian fashion; they fight as light, sabre-armed cavalry. Their tasks include acting as scouts, screening the main body of an army, and pursuing fleeing enemies – taking a sabre to someone already running away is likely to keep him running! It is not their main job to break enemy units or to fight other cavalry.
By 1700, the great European trading companies were so huge they could afford armies of their own, separate from the national army. The British East India Company, the Dutch “Vereenigde Oostindische Compagnie” (VOC) and the French “La Compagnie française des Indes orientales” all had armies, fleets and forts in India and the far east. The Dutch felt it profitable to have one fifth of their employees in uniform, and the other companies were not far behind.
Company Cavalry are the all-purpose cavalry recruited by most European factions (with the exceptions of Great Britain, France, and the United Provinces) in India. They are very similar to regiments of horse, although they are slightly more expensive and come with a resistance to heat fatigue.
Great Britain, France, and the United Provinces recruit East India Company Cavalry, French East India Company Cavalry, and V.O.C Cavalry respectively rather than Company Cavalry. These variants are all identical to company cavalry in every way save name.