|Soldiers in each unit||60|
|Produced from||Army Staff College in Poland|
|Turns to Train||1|
|Unit Cap||1 (SP)/4 (MP)|
Guard Grenadiers are chosen from among the bravest and largest men in the Polish army.
Renowned for their stoic resolve, Guard Grenadiers can be relied on not to break under the strain of battle. Apart from anything else, throwing grenades is a dangerous business, but potentially devastating to the enemy. Strength is also needed in hand-to-hand combat, and Guard Grenadiers are a useful force of shock troops to be hurled against a wavering enemy. Their skills and physical presence makes them intimidating, even before steel is drawn.
The 18th Century was a period when there were attempts to codify and define every aspect of military life to the smallest detail. Everything, from the smallest button on a uniform, to the way a man marched, was subject to discussion, regulation, and draconian punishment for deviation. The Polish Guard Grenadiers were subject to rigorous drill in every aspect of their training. The throwing drill for grenades had stances to be adopted when priming, igniting and throwing a grenade. Woe betide any Grenadier who did not follow the laid down procedure! Equally, woe betide any man who failed to dress to the appropriate standard, or behave as expected of a Guardsman!
In many ways, Guard Grenadiers are the best units of their class in the game. They boast higher reloading times, defensive skill and morale than their closest rivals, Hungarian Grenadiers. They are also the only grenadiers that serve to inspire nearby troops. However, their utility is negligible in the Grand Campaign given their being limited to one regiment.