For pages with similar names, see Life Guards.
|Appears in||Napoleon: Total War|
|Soldiers in each unit||40/80/120/160|
|Produced from||Staff College|
|Turns to Train||4|
These elite foot guards are charged with the protection of the monarch, the royal family and royal palaces.
These men are experts with the smoothbore musket, famed for their accuracy and fast reloading skills. They are also famous for their meticulously correct uniforms: the post of foot guard can only be held by the very best soldiers. If necessary the guards must be willing to lay down their lives to protect the royal family. This requires a rare breed of man: highly disciplined with excellent morale, able to stand steadfast to the last. On the battlefield the foot guards set an example to inspire nearby units.
Historically, monarchies vied with each other to have the finest household guards in their palaces. The French Maison du Roi regiment were hand picked by the king from candidates sent in from every line regiment. Officers who sent along duffers for the duty were punished. In Prussia the “Potsdam Giants” were a quirk of Frederick I’s obsession with very, very tall men and military pomp. Oddly, Frederick was not a very warlike chap at all. He just liked tall men.
Life Regiments are Bavaria's elite guard units. Despite their unique appearance and name, they are statistically identical to standard guard units in every way. Like all other elite infantry, they function similarly to line infantry: large in number, resistant to morale shocks, and forming the line of battle. Their stats are superior to standard line infantry in almost every way, and they can form Square Formation to fend off enemy cavalry. However, they are more expensive to train, and only four regiments may be fielded in most situations.
Should Bavaria have a revolution and become a Republic, all Life Regiments are automatically disbanded, and Bavaria loses the ability to recruit them. They gain the ability to train Republican Guards, instead.