The Seven Years War is a one man show that consolidates elements from Europa Universalis, Scourge of War and the Total War series. Here is a vignette about the use of dragoons in the Battle of Kolin, which I fought as the Prussians.
|I Division (infantry), a tad smaller and with just one artillery unit in the 1st Brigade. All infantry.|
|The III Division (cavalry), a powerful cavalry formation with 3 Brigades.|
|On the left, the IV Division (cavlary). This is a smaller cavalry Division with just two brigades.|
|One hour into the fight, in our left flank, the IV Division (cavalry) enters its objective and finds an enemy infantry regiment. Fighting ensues. The enemy is pushed out to the edge of the town and assumes an unassailable square formation.|
|I sent a Dragoon Regiment to the other side of the town (selected in blue, yellow is their field of fire) and with their guns they broke the enemy square.|
|It's a pity that my troopers had to hold the town and not pursuit the routed enemy (red flag).|
|For the III Division (Cavalry) the inertia on moving out led to egregious losses. Note how the enemy (units with yellowish flags) has almost surrounded the town.|
|The IV Division (cavalry, left flank) was then ordered to take the hill on the rear of the enemy, where they succeeded dislocating two enemy artillery battles and defeating two enemy Cavalry regiments.|
|Despite our edge in the attrition side of the battle (own casualties at 5K, enemy casualties at 10K) we are in no shape to continue the offensive. I retreat from the battlefield in short order.|
In addition to that, cavalry units do not have staying power. I procrastinated pulling out the III Division (cavalry) from its objective and the enemy infantry assault destroyed it beyond recognition.