For pages with similar names, see Life Guards.
|Appears in||Napoleon: Total War|
|Soldiers in each unit||15/30/45/60|
|Produced from||Staff College|
|Cost||680 SP/840 MP|
|Turns to Train||2|
Sabre-armed light cavalry, the Life Hussars are powerful on the charge and effective in melee combat.
Like other light cavalrymen, hussars have speed, “dash” and an elitist attitude towards their enemies and friends. The Life Hussars are, without exception, superb horsemen, and all have a certain independence of spirit that makes them ideal for chasing down widely scattered enemies and scouting duties. They carry curved sabres and, even though their charge is a fairly powerful attack, they are relatively weak when pitted against infantry in square and against heavy cavalry units.
One of Prussia’s most famous generals, Gebhard Leberecht von Blücher, began his military career as a hussar. Swedish by birth, he joined the Swedish army at the age of 16 but transferred his allegiance to Prussia after he was captured in 1760. However, a slight tendency towards excess meant he was often passed over for promotion, leading him to resign his commission in 1773. Upon receiving this resignation Frederick the Great was reported to say “Captain Blücher can take himself to the devil.” He was blacklisted, and Blücher was unable to rejoin the army until after the death of Frederick. Once back, he distinguished himself, going on to play one of the key roles in the Allied victory at Waterloo.
Life Hussars are significantly superior to regular Prussian Hussars in every category, but are more expensive to train and maintain and are only limited to one regiment. Like all light cavalry, they are well suited to quickly traversing the battlefield and have the stamina to tackle multiple targets before tiring out. While their defense is better than that of most other light cavalry, they are still no match for heavy cavalry or infantry in protracted melees.