I'm starting to think that maybe, just maybe, I should stop playing this game, and get some "real" friends. This may have to do with the fact that I felt a little warm glow inside me when I saw 6 other people had liked my comment.
Once, in desperation, I called in a Frenchie to try and hold an enemy who'd almost made it behind my lines, while I got another soldier to help. In order to help, I gave the Frenchie a bayonet. Then burst out laughing when he KILLED the enemy.
You know, believe it or not, I'm starting to think it might be a BAD idea signing up with my army as reinforcements. This may be due to my habit of treating them as roadblocks so that fewer of my better, real, soldiers aren't hurt. Nah!
This game is great except for two issues:
1) The rate at which you consume water is far too extreme, I often run out before I even start moving.
2) The difficulty curve is not used. You start at extreme difficulty and, as far as I know, stay there. I haven't even reached the first town before dying of thirst or robbers.