|Death's Head Hussars|
|Appears in||Empire: Total War|
|Soldiers in each unit||15/30/45/60|
|Produced from||Barracks in Brandenburg|
|Turns to Train||1|
Hussars are light cavalry, used as skirmishers and for scouting ahead of an army.
These superb horsemen are a force that can be used as a screen by the main army, or for strategic scouting to locate the enemy. They are armed with curved sabres and smoothbore carbine muskets. Their gaudy, almost popinjay uniforms should not lead enemies to underestimate them as mere dandies – these are trained, disciplined and dangerous soldiers.
Hussars have a certain swashbuckling attitude towards the business of warfare, and the bandit origins of the Hungarian “huszárok” are certainly evident. Even non-Hungarian hussars cultivate a slightly barbarous air, and little private or enemy property is safe when they are around! Oddly, they are also unusually democratic, and troopers expect to be consulted by their officers before attacking the enemy, again probably a legacy of their brigand heritage.
Historically, many nations adopted hussars after the Austrian type proved successful, and military fashions were also influenced by the hussars’ splendid and elaborate uniforms. Hussar uniforms became slight caricatures, but remained very fashionable and popular, particularly with ladies – perhaps it was the very tight breeches that were so appealing.
Similarly to regular Hussars, Death's Head Hussars possess excellent stamina and can quickly cross the battlefield and still be battle-ready. Unlike Hussars, Death's Head Hussars have very high defense, allowing them to survive pitched melee engagements. This makes them a powerful addition to any Prussian army.
Although only one regiment may be recruited, more can be obtained if a regiment is spawned with a rebel army and the rebellion is victorious. There is no limit to how often this can be done.
In multiplayer, multiple Death's Head Hussar regiments may be used.
Although the Special Forces & Bonus Content description and art of this unit states that they can use muskets, the in-game Death's Head Hussars are purely melee units.