|Appears in||Napoleon: Total War|
|Soldiers in each unit||40/80/120/160|
|Cost||580 SP/700 MP|
|Turns to Train||2|
These musket-armed troops use volleys to break an enemy line, and rely on their discipline to survive any return fire.
German Fusiliers are line infantry who take their title from the fusils, light flintlock muskets, that they carry. Forming the line of battle, they must be able to calmly take aim at their targets as shells explode around them, skirmisher’s shots smack home, and enemy cavalry bear down upon them. Fusiliers are effective against cavalry when in square, and excel in close combat, but care needs to be taken against skirmishers at extreme range.
Historically, the Austrian army’s infantry was divided into German and Hungarian regiments. The Hungarians were renowned for their ferocity, and the Germans for rigid discipline. This was particularly true of the fusiliers who fought in the rigid formations that made up the bulk of the army. During the Napoleonic Wars, units such as skirmishers, grenadiers and artillery took on more of the fighting as tactics evolved, but the line regiments remained almost unchanged as organisations. Their company and battalion structure still forms the basis of modern armies.
German Fusiliers are the standard line infantry available to Austria, and the only type that can be trained in unlimited numbers. While every other type of line infantry Austria fields has some advantages over them, German Fusiliers are still useful for their sheer ubiquity and low cost. Compared to line infantry from other factions, German Fusiliers are unremarkable in their capabilities, but they ably form the line of battle.
For more information, see Line Infantry (Unit Type).