|Belongs to||Maratha Confederacy,Ottoman Empire|
|Soldiers in each unit||60|
|Cost||410 SP/ 510 MP|
|Turns to Train||1|
Kurdish Hillmen are a type of skirmisher in Empire: Total War.
These fierce and independent men spend their lives fighting, making them superb irregular troops for a general they respect.
Mountains breed men who are unforgiving to their enemies, suspicious of strangers and wary around their friends. Life is hard in the mountains, and it is easier to take something than build, grow or make it. Banditry, feuds, revenge and murder are a way of life for many, and the survivors of this harsh school of life must be tough and uncompromising in their hating. All this means that they superb in war: deadly shots and dirty fighters. Any governor who tries to impose order rapidly finds that hill folk may fight each other, but they will always unite against the outsider.
Historically, many outside powers have tried to tame the wilder elements in Kurdish and Afghan society but with mixed results. Alexander the Great gave up, even after marrying a Bactrian woman, Roxana. In 1842, for example, a 15,000-strong British column decided to withdraw from Afghanistan back to India. Only one man actually made it back to “civilization” alive.
Hillmen are fairly weak, yet accurate skirmishers, slightly more accurate than the Nizam-I Cedit Light Infantry. They have weaknesses in comparison, such as not being able to deploy stakes, or use light infantry behaviour, so should be replaced with light infantry when possible (though this may take a while, considering the Ottomans have to research both European Doctrine and light infantry behaviour, and need higher level recruitment centres).
Before Nizam-I Cedit Light Infantry or Nizam-I Cedit Rifles are available, Kurdish Hillmen represent one of the best options for the Ottoman Empire in terms of skirmisher units. However, if the Elite Units of the East DLC is installed, the Ottoman Empire does gain access to Haydut Irregulars and Bosnian Panduks, which are superior to Azzars.