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Hand Mortar Company
Hand Mortar Company
Belongs to Russia
Type Support Infantry
Weapon(s) Grenade Launcher
Ammunition 6
Soldiers in each unit 60
Melee Attack 11
Charge bonus 11
Defense skill 15
Morale 9
Range 70
Accuracy 50
Reloading 40
Tech requirement None
Produced from Drill School
Special abilities ­
  • Can Guard
  • Can hide in woodland
  • Can hide in light scrub
  • Resistant to morale shocks
  • Grappling Hooks
Cost 930 SP/650 MP
Upkeep 230
Turns to Train 2
Unit Cap 6

A Hand Mortar Company is a type of grenadier regiment in Empire: Total War.

DescriptionEdit

The hand mortar can be used to place a grenade on a target beyond normal throwing range.

Despite its name, the hand mortar is more of a grenade launcher, with a wide barrel, typically of bronze, mounted on a musket stock so that it can be fired from the shoulder. This method of delivery offers increased range, but the weapons are temperamental and prone to misfires or bursting. This, coupled with the variable quality of the grenades fired, means that in the wrong hands a hand mortar can often be as much of a danger to the man firing it as to the enemy. Despite this, the grenade is a useful battlefield weapon when used against enemies deployed in cover, or for clearing choke points.

Historically the armies of the Ottoman Empire and Russia employed the hand mortar. In the Russian military, hand mortar detachments typically operated in support of the artillery, possibly because the unpredictability of the weapon made it unpopular among the line regiments! The Ottomans always treated grenades as a form of “thrown artillery”.

General InformationEdit

Unique to Russia, Hand Mortar Companies use their firearms to propel grenades at a longer distance than what grenadiers can throw; the grenades then explode as normal after a short period of time, causing injuries and casualties. Hand Mortar Companies fire their grenades in an arced trajectory, allowing them to be placed behind lines safely without fear of friendly fire.

Hand Mortar Companies are very similar to their Ottoman counterparts; however, they have superior statistics across the board. On the other hand, only six regiments may be recruited, and only from certain major regions, limiting their use.

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