Frenchie

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Allied Unit
French Resistance
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Starting equipment:
Average stats:
Health Rifle Exp Morale Speed
75 1-20 0 1-15 10px/s
Specialties:
Description:
A weak, pathetic, overlooked meatshield. Very prone to running away. Can be sent on Sabotage missions.

For many Frenchy names and their surmised meanings, go here

The French Resistance Fighter is the lowest and cheapest unit that you can deploy. Frenchies start with very low rifle, very low morale and with 75 health instead of 100 (although the Legion d' Honneur medal makes Frenchies spawn with 100 health). As their name would suggest, the French Resistance Fighters are part of the Free France fighting force.

They are often used as distractions to draw fire. They come armed with a Springfield rifle, like all normal soldiers (but there is a medal to have them start with an M1 Garand), and they cost 1 Tactical Point each. As they are militia they have low morale, poor fighting skill and limited capabilities until they gain experience in the field of war. If you look after your Frenchie like all troops he will become a decent killer.

Details

An often misunderstood and underused unit, the French Resistance Soldier can be a smart choice for only 1 TP, even though he starts with only 75 hit points (without the Legion d' Honneur) and low rifle. He does an excellent job of "soaking up" the enemy's bullets and keeping them distracted from the "real killers", your other soldiers, while occasionally getting a shot off and sometimes even hitting something.

In addition to that, you can "Roll-the-Dice" and send him behind enemy lines to attempt some Sabotage which might prevent some future attack wave by the Germans. The better his Exp, the better your chances are of succeeding. It will become instantly apparent if he fails, as you will hear him scream as well as hearing lots of gunfire (way to get him killed, hero). If he does succeed he can do any number of things:

  • Stopping the Germans from sending armored units for 5 waves
  • Stopping the Germans from using Air Support for 5 waves
  • Gaining 8 TP
  • Stopping the Germans from using grenades, panzerschrecks, or mortars for 10 waves

Make sure the Frenchie is well experienced, sending a freshly deployed Frenchie to sabotage is suicidal.

But the French Resistance Soldier is still a soldier, and if you can get him to higher levels his Rifle Skill does improve, and if you can get one to make Non-Commissioned Officer in the field, you receive a ribbon and all future Frenchies called forth will start with 100 hit points.

Sometimes you can use a massive amount of Frenchies to overwhelm the Germans at the start of the game, and if you upgrade their weapons and use Combat Leadership to enhance them, and they will soon become elite fighters. This tactic may help you to get the Legion d' Honneur medal.

Side-note: When a Frenchie is killed, he will drop some props, including these: cheese, accordions, bread sticks, and wine. Have fun seeing what else they can drop!

Frenchies are extremely affected by morale and will drop to negative morale easily if witnessing a large explosion.

Fun Facts

  • The Frenchie is the ONLY soldier in game that, when deployed, has 25% less health than other soldiers, until a Medic (yes, medics CAN heal Frenchies to 100 HP even without the ribbon), heals him to 100 HP, or until you get the proper ribbon or until you use the Heroism order on him. Sarge is Frenchies opposite version, he deploys with 25% health more than normal infantry.
  • Frenchies are the only soldiers in the game that are dressed BLUE.
  • The morale of the Frenchie and the Volkssturm are nearly equal.
  • The Frenchie is in reality just a hidden killing machine, because when he is given Ranger Trainings and has the rank of Second Lieutenant (or more often used: Officer) and armed with a BAR, he will kill practically everything and everyone.
  • Frenchies are one of the only units without backpacks, along with the Crewman.
  • Historically, Frenchies were rather good at infiltrating Germany, but not before the Germans first reached France with their tank spearhead assault.
  • Frenchie's fire rate is slightly slower than normal soldiers.
  • Frenchies spawn with...well, French last names! Pamblemousse, Dupont, Ratatouille, Michelin, PainBaguet, and Caca are some funny examples. A larger list can be found here.
  • Frenchies have a white armband that you can see if they are running away or engaging in CQC.
  • With the Special operations ribbon, Frenchies have a 1% chance to come out as a Spec Ops soldier.
  • Frenchies are the only unit that can sabotage the enemy

How The Resistance Got Started

The French Resistance began when Charles De Gaulle fled to England after the Nazi blitzkrieg in France. De Gaulle went to Churchill and asked permission to go to British radio in order to raise the French citizen moral. Churchill only agreed to give de Gaulle one broadcast but at the end of his first broadcast, he promised to return to the air waves soon. Churchill didn't want to disappoint the French people in such a desperate time and agreed to give him another broadcast. Again de Gaulle promised to give France another broadcast. This process continued for several weeks until his broadcast had become so regular, that he realized he could say what ever he wanted and would still be given air time. As a result he decided to try to organize the French population to fight the Nazis. He told France that every capable French man with a weapon has a responsibility for France to fight against the occupying force. The French Resistance would often commit followers to espionage missions and were a great asset to the Allied espionage effort often obtaining critical intelligence or aiding escaped prisoners of war. The French Resistance Forces would have had a pool of militia or troops willing and trained to fight individually or aid Allied forces in combat. The French Resistance would have attracted any loyalist civilians or soldiers after the fall of France and the establishment of the fascist ruled Vichy France. The "V" for victory was often a symbol of their organisation (coming from Churchill's trademark V finger sign) and was ironically hanged upon the Eiffel Tower as a giant sash, after France was captured by German forces as Hitler mistook it for a symbol of his victory rather than the hope of his defeat.

Raven says
If your Frenchie is killed, yell "lol, frenchies!" and replace it. If you don't yell that you get 3 consecutive V1 blitzes. You have been warned.
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