The Field Manual for Battalion Drill; Containing the Exercises and Man Uvres in the School of the Battalion. Arranged in a Tabular Form, for the Use of Officers of the U.S. Infantry

The Field Manual for Battalion Drill; Containing the Exercises and Man Uvres in the School of the Battalion. Arranged in a Tabular Form, for the Use of Officers of the U.S. Infantry

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1862 edition. Excerpt: ...close to fourteen inches from the rear rank. The platoons forming the second company are directed in such manner that the front rank shall be fourteen inches from the file-closers; as soon as their platoons unite, they are halted by their chiefs, faced to tha front, and dressed to the right by the senior chief. The other chief places himself in the interval, the two guides on the outer flanks. The captain, after having aligned it, will place himself two paces in rear of the centre. All the other platoons will execute the same movement, except that they will enter the column at platoon distance, except those which form the seventh company, which will enter at mass distance, as has been explained on p. 69. The captain of this company will, in the manner before explained, double his sections; and the captain of the eighth will only take platoon distance from the sixth. As to the rest, all the dispositions prescribed on p. 68 and following will be executed in forming the square. Observations relative to the formation of squares. (Fig. 16.) If a column, formed by division, should find itself menaced by cavalry, its colonel would cause it to form square, making it beforehand close to half distance, by the commands and means already indicated; the second division would close upon the first, and there would be no reserve; only, if necessary, the two interior platoonsof the second division might act as reserve. If the battalion should be formed in only three divisions, the first front would not be thus reinforced by the second division; and if, in spite of this, it were desired to have a reserve, the second division would close to platoon distance from the first; the interior platoons of this division would then form the reserve. A column arranged...show more

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  • 189 x 246 x 1mm | 64g
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  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236779460
  • 9781236779465