The Republic must be defended by those willing to endure any hardship as they stand in line of battle.
Guard infantry fight in the same manner as all line infantry: by firing accurate volleys into the enemy, and doing so with unwavering discipline. The guard are trained to a very high standard, and have good reloading speeds and are good marksmen to boot. Their breech-loading rifles are capable of inflicting horrible wounds on anyone unlucky enough to be hit. As a result of their training and fighting spirit they have very good morale, and their unflappable attitude gives encouragement to nearby friendly units. Finally, in close combat they can give a good account of themselves but are vulnerable to artillery fire like any other men if positioned carelessly on the field.
The short-lived Ezo Republic relied heavily on French military advisors to train and command its army. The Republic was crushed before it had chance to absorb all the lessons that French officers and NCOs could pass on. The French army was generally held to be the best at the time, and followed a doctrine of “attaque à outrance”, “attack to excess”, or possibly “attack without restraint”. Such a battle philosophy would have found ready listeners in Japan. Had time and events allowed, the French would almost certainly have inculcated their tactical ideas into the Ezo army, and it is very likely that units organised, equipped and trained to be Japanese “poilu” or “hairy ones”, the French slang for infantrymen, would almost certainly have appeared in battle. Frenchmen dreaming of dash, glory and bravery in the face of the enemy should have had a rude awakening in the Franco-Prussian War of 1870-1. They didn’t wake up, unfortunately, and French troops were ordered forward in “attaque à outrance” against machine guns in the First World War.
Strengths & Weaknesses
- Very good accuracy and reload rate.
- Good in melee.
- Presence encourages nearby friendly units.
- Very good morale.
As their name suggests, Republican Guard Infantry are elite infantry available only to factions with Republican allegiance. They are functionally similar to line infantry, but are much more capable in melee and ranged combat, and inspire nearby troops. However, they are much more expensive to train and maintain, and are limited to only six regiments.
- The Republican Guard Infantry are armed with Chassepot rifles. This is a reference to the fact that Napoleon III provided shogun Tokugawa Yoshinobu with 2000 Chassepot rifles, which he used to equip his personal guard.
|Fall of the Samurai Infantry|
|Sword Infantry||Katana Kachi • Shogitai|
|Spear Infantry||Spear Levy • Spear Levy Garrison • Kyoto Police • Yari Kachi|
|Bow Infantry||Bow Kachi|
|Matchlock Infantry||Matchlock Kachi|
|Special Infantry||Kisho Ninja|
|Militia Infantry||Levy Garrison Infantry • Levy Infantry • White Tiger Force|
|Light Infantry||Sharpshooters • Tosa Riflemen • Yugekitai|
|Line Infantry||Azure Dragon Force • Black Bear Infantry • Black Tortoise Force • Garrison Infantry • Imperial Infantry • Line Infantry • Red Bear Infantry • Republican Infantry • Shinsengumi Police Force • Shogunate Infantry • Vermilion Bird Force • White Bear Infantry|
|Elite Infantry||Imperial Guard Infantry • Infanterie de marine • Kihetai • Republican Guard Infantry • Royal Marines • Shogunate Guard Infantry • United States Marines|