|Garde du Corp|
|Belongs to||United Provinces|
|Soldiers in each unit||45|
|Produced from||Army Staff College in the Netherlands|
|Special abilities||Inspires nearby units
Diamond formation Wedge formation
|Cost||1200 SP/650 MP|
|Turns to Train||2|
These elite cavalrymen are mounted on large horses and armed with swords, and use shock and impact to break enemies.
A court regiment, the Garde du Corps are part of the monarch’s personal household, but they are a useful force for any general. As part of a tactical reserve, they can attack wavering enemies, delivering the blow that drives them from the field. They should not be used for pursuit, a task better suited to lighter cavalry. Only a rash or extremely bold general would have them attack a prepared enemy: cavalry are usually not capable of breaking infantry formations without support.
Given the informal nature of many armies in the 18th Century, household troops were the only ones a monarch could rely upon in a crisis. The Garde du Corps of the Netherlands was a conscious attempt to copy the French Bourbon household troops, widely regarded as being the best in Europe. The French were often seen as military geniuses, from siege warfare and tactics to military fashion. It was far from outrageous for other crowned heads to ape the French Garde du Corps when looking to their own security.
Garde du Corp are the Dutch equivalent of Horse Guards. They possess identical statistics to Horse Guards, differing only in appearances, and are as such the best heavy cavalry the United Provinces roster has to offer.