|Appears in||Napoleon: Total War|
|Soldiers in each unit||40/80/120/160|
|Cost||890 SP/1110 MP|
|Turns to Train||4|
Disciplined and ready for anything, the Guard Seamen are an elite unit in every sense of the word.
The ranks of the Guard Seamen are filled with the best soldiers the French army has to offer. Chosen for their imposing height, good conduct and loyalty, these men have excellent morale and a positive effect on the morale of nearby friendly units. Their discipline is exemplary; their reload times and the accuracy of their musketry are the envy of many. They do have some weaknesses: their extensive training and experience makes them more expensive than most foot troops, and they perform poorly against artillery and skirmishers that stay beyond their musket fire.
Historically, the Seamen of the Guard were formed as a result of a decree by Napoleon. They were originally intended for action as part of the planned invasion of Britain, but when these plans were put aside they took a place in the Imperial Guard. In a few short years these men had developed a wide variety of skills that made them indispensible to the Emperor. He commented that “When occasion required they proved equally valuable whether as sailors, soldiers, artillerymen or engineers; there was no duty they could not undertake."
Possessing formidable statistics across the board, Guard Seamen are second only in the French unit roster to the Old Guard, and serve as an intermediary between the Old Guard and the Young Guard. Compared to the guards of other factions, they are near-identical to Foot Guards, but have slightly poorer accuracy and reload skill. They are capable of inflicting fearsome damage due to their superior accuracy and reloading skills, and acquit themselves well in melee battles. Like all infantry, however, they are vulnerable to artillery fire (their elite status makes them an attractive target for artillery) and being charged from the flanks or rear.