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A Catechism on Skirmishing and Outpost Duty

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Pages: 66

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Publisher: Date:8/4/2009 - General Books LLC

By: William Gordon Cameron

Excerpt from book: SKIRMISHING. N.B.—Words given by the Instructor of the drill are in capital letters: those given by the Captain or Section-commanders, in italics. FIELD EXEECISE. PAET I.—THE SQUAD. Q. 1.—What is the object of moving in extended order ? A.—To admit of the enemy's fire passing harmlessly through the intervals,—to enable each individual soldier to move with ease, and take advantage of cover when engaged with the enemy, and thus inflict the greatest loss on him with the least amount of danger and exposure to himself,—to shake and damage the enemy as much as possible, and enable the reserves to come up in comparative safety and complete his defeat. 1 This is not so Q. 2.—What has the recruit to be instructed easy as it reads but Jq and accustomed to, in order to teach him requires a good deal of practice. It is how to use cover and avoid unnecessary ex- of the greatest im- pOSure ? clumsine'ss or delay --—How to avail himself of the slightest in this respect, inequality of ground or smallest patch of cover TrTat cbsTqul™ -running or creeping up to, or falling back ters with the enemy, on such cover, when firing advancing or retir- SinarfS ing) Without unnecesaaT exposure. He must be attended with also be accustomed to throw himself flat on the great and unneces- ground, an(j rige again with the greatest agility sary loss of life. .,. and rapidity.1 To ensure this, Q. 3.—What has at the same time to be im- however. don't teach i , i ., i , . .,-, T the recruit to be Pressed on the recruit, when acting with a line always nervously of skirmishers ? watching the next .That he muSt keep hiS interval2 and the directing file, for v fear of losing his general alignment, as much as possible—only distance for a mo- taking advantage o...  

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