|Belongs to||Eastern European factions|
|Soldiers in each unit||45|
|Tech requirement||None; can utilize Wedge Formation and Diamond Formation|
|Produced from||Barracks in Eastern Europe|
|Cost||990 SP/700 MP|
|Turns to Train||1|
Uhlans are a type of melee cavalry in Empire: Total War.
These cavalrymen are armed with a long spear or lance that makes them particularly deadly when charging.
The lance is probably the oldest cavalry weapon. It gives the user a chance to put all the momentum of himself and his charging horse into one very sharp point that can, in the hands of a skilled man, be driven right through any man. This is what makes lances so intimidating to face but, if the lancer does not kill his target, then he is vulnerable. A long lance is a good deal less useful in a melee than a sword, and a lancer is at a disadvantage once the close fighting starts.
Historically, many nations used lancers, although the European fashion for them owes much to the uhlans: cavalry raised for Austrian and Prussian service. The French adopted lancers with some enthusiasm, and Napoleon even included Polish lancers in his Imperial Guard. In India the lance had long been used as a weapon, and lancer skills were often improved by "pegging" (picking tent pegs out of the ground with the lance tip) or pig-sticking (hunting wild pigs or even wild dogs with the lance). Native Indian lancers were rightly feared by European troops.
Uhlans are European lance cavalry. Like other lance cavalry, uhlans have excellent charging statistics, but poor melee statistics otherwise. This makes them deadly in a charge but fragile if bogged down - for this reason they should be pulled out of battle fairly quickly. Ordering them to charge out the flanks or going through their target allows them to escape quicker, with fewer casualties and often more kills. Austrian uhlans have better statistics than all other factions' equivalents, but are also more expensive to train and maintain.
|Regular Uhlans||7||25||7||6||950 SP/700 MP||280|
|Austrian Uhlans||9||29||9||8||990 SP/850 MP||290|