|Soldiers in each unit||60|
|Tech requirement||Machined Rifling|
|Produced from||Army Board in Brandenburg or East Prussia|
|Cost||670 SP/ 660 MP|
|Turns to Train||1|
Riflemen are skirmishers and snipers without peer, picking off leaders to sow confusion in enemy ranks.
Whether they are called light infantry, jaegers, tirailleurs or chasseurs à pied, it is the job of these men to screen the main battle line, harass the enemy and, if possible, pick off important men in the enemy’s ranks. Unlike their fellows in the line infantry, light infantrymen are trained to think for themselves, use the ground and cover intelligently, and not fight in rigid lines. Instead, they form a loose skirmish line and fire independently at their own designated targets. The effect is a constant, low-level barrage rather than the crashing thunder of a volley but the effect is quite deadly as officers and sergeants are picked off and removed from the fight. Against cavalry, however, their best defence is to withdraw to their own battle line.
Historically, the Austrians were widely regarded as producing the finest light infantry forces in Europe. Other nations did catch up, but in the case of Britain and France it was their experiences in fighting in North America that persuaded them of the wisdom of light troops. Battle lines were simply impossible to manage in the dense woodlands, and largely pointless against the native tribes!
Unlike most riflemen, Prussian Jaegers only require one turn to train, making them considerably more accessible where available. However, they may only be recruited in Brandenburg and East Prussia--and Prussia does not have access to any other sort of riflemen, placing them at a disadvantage when fighting far from home.
Though Prussian Jaegers are nominally available to some minor German factions, they may only be recruited in East Prussia or Brandenburg and thus they are usually exclusively fielded by Prussia.