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The New Company Drill Simplified 1915

PREFACE.

            I have endeavoured in the following pages to simplify, as far as possible, the study of Squad. Section, Platoon, and more particularly Company Drill. It is most difficult to master the movements of Company Drill by a study of the detail only. With the aid, however, of the diagrams which illustrate each movement, and by comparing the movements from one formation with the movements from another, where directed, there should be little difficulty in understanding both the movements and the detail.

Errors which would otherwise be made on the parade ground may, by this means, be avoided.

MY sincere thanks are due to a number of officers who have assisted me with advice and suggestions in the preparation of this handbook.

PREFACE TO THIRD EDITION.

 The reception accorded the two previous editions, resulting in a large demand for a third in less than three months, is a gratifying proof of the usefulness and accuracy of this handbook to the new drill; it evidently contains exactly what is required.

 I have to acknowledge my obligations to the many officers and non-commissioned officers who have expressed their appreciation.

 

                                                                                                ROBT.STUPART.

 

 

CONTENTS.

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Organization and Definitions                                                                              13

SQUAD DRILL,

The Training of Recruits            ..          ..          ..          ..          ..          ..          20

Method of Instructing Recruits  ..          ..          ..          ..          ..          ..           20

Words of Command                 ..          ..          ..          ..          ..          ..          21

Squad Drill with Intervals.

Formation of Squads with Intervals       ..          ..          ..          ..          ..          23

Attention          ..          ..          ..          ..          ..          ..          ..          ..          24

Standing at Ease           ..          ..          ..          ..          ..          ..          ..          25

Standing Easy   ..          ..          ..          ..          ..          ..          ..          ..          25

Dressing a Squad with Intervals.            ..          ..          ..          ..          ...         26

Turning by Numbers     ..          ..          ..          ..          ..          ..          ..          26

Saluting to the Front      ..          ..          ..          ..          ..          ..          ..          28

Length of Pace, and Time in Marching   ..          ..          ..          ..          ..          31

The Drum and Pace Stick         ..          ..          ..          ..          ..          ..          31

Position in Marching                 ..          ..          ..          ..          ..          ..          32

Marching in Quick Time            ..          ..          ..          ..          ..          ..          33

Changing Step              ..          ..          ..          ..          ..          ..          ..          35

Marching in Double Time          ..          ..          ..          ..          ..          ..          36

The Side Step               ..          ..          ..          ..          ..          ..          ..          37

Turning when on the March       ..          ..          ..          ..          ..          ..          37

 

Squad Drill in Single Rank.

Formation of Squads in Single Rank      ..          ..          ..          ..          ..          39

Dressing in Single Rank ..          ..          ..          ..          ..          ..                      39

Numbering a Squad      ..          ..          ...         ..          ..          ..          ..          40

Opening and Closing a Squad               ..          ..          ..          ..          ..          40

Marching in Single Rank           ..          ..          ..          ..          ..          ..          40

Changing the Pace from Quick to Double

            Time, and vice versa     ..          ..          ..          ..          ..          ..          41

The Diagonal March     ..          ..          ..          ..          ..          ..          ..          41

Changing Direction                   ..          ..          ..          ..          ..          ..          42

Right Form                   ..          ..          ..          ..          ..          ..          ..          43

Marching as in File        ..          ..          ..          ..          ..          ..          ..          44

Forming Squad ..          ..          ..          ..          ..          ..          ..          ..          46

 

 

 

 

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