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The Engineer School is a type of ordnance building in Napoleon: Total War.


Military engineering needs much study to be practiced well.

The school teaches all the specialised skills that an officer of engineers will require, such as surveying, the use of explosies, military architecture construction, the arts of siege warfare, military illustration to create maps, and much else besides. Some tactical skills are taught as well, but engineers are not usually expected to command armies and issue orders to gentlemen of quality. However, this hard-won knowledge helps create better officers and improves the recruitment of military units.

Sappers and miners, like artillery experts, had a long history of being permanent retainers in royal armies of the medieval and Renaissance periods. Thanks to the likes of the French Marshal Vauban (1633-1707) and his magnificent fortifications, the need for military engineers to create, or break into, defences grew, not lessened; during the 18th Century. The elaborate and layered defences that he and his successors developed required skilled architects and builders. Engineer officers became a corps of highly educated experts, while leaving the hard, mucky work of digging to the rank-and-file sappers and common pioneers!


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  • -4% recruitment cost for artillery in all your regions
  • Nation-wide effects only apply when this building is in your hom region
  • Recruitment capacity (units in training): 1
  • Enables recruitment and replenishment of: all artillery, militia

Requires an existing Ordnance Board and the research of Standardised Artillery. Engineer Schools may only be built in factions' capital regions. They are able to recruit all artillery types, including the most elite units that cannot be trained in any other ordnance building such as Artillerie à Cheval. In addition, they give an extra chevron of experience for many units that otherwise would be missing out on free experience if trained in lower-tier ordnance buildings.

In The Peninsular Campaign, the Cannon Foundry line of buildings is absent. Instead, the army line of buildings produces all land military units.  

Napoleon: Total War Buildings
Region Capital Buildings Administrative buildings: Tax OfficeMagistrateCourt of JusticeCourt of AppealsSupreme Court Cultural buildings: TheatreOpera HouseGrand Opera HouseGreat Museum Military buildings: CantonmentBarracksDrill SchoolMilitary AcademyStaff College Ordnance buildings: Cannon FoundryOrdnance FactoryGreat ArsenalOrdnance BoardEngineer School • Roads: Basic RoadsCobbled RoadsMetalled Roads Fortifications: Small Star FortLarge Star Fort
Town Buildings Commercial buildings: MarketMerchant HouseBanking House Gunsmiths: GunsmithMusket ManufactorySmall Arms Factory Supply buildings: Supply PostSupply WarehouseSupply Depot Factories: ManufactoryFactorySteam-Powered Factory Entertainment buildings: Member's ClubSecret SocietyMasonic LodgeFactory • Universities: CollegeClassical UniversityModern University
Resource Buildings Farms: FarmsClearancesGreat Estates Stables: StablesStud FarmEquestrian Estate • Logging Camps: Logging CampLumber MillSteam-Powered Sawmill Mines: Gold MineSteam-Pumped Gold MineIndustrial Gold MineIron MineSteam-Pumped Iron MineIndustrial Iron Mining Complex Vineyards: VineyardsWineriesWine Estates
Ports Trading ports: Trading PortCommercial PortTrading Company Military ports: DockyardDrydockSteam Drydock Supply ports: Supply PortMilitary Supply PortMilitary Port Complex
Unique Buildings Arc de TriompheHeldenplatzHumboldt UniversitätKremlin ArmoryMinin MonumentMusée NapoléonNelson's ColumnSiegessäuleWiener Theater