Instructions and Regulations for the Formations and Movements of the Cavalry

War-office, 1799 - 374 pages

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Page 253 - Line should generally be avoided, yet situations will occur where it is indispensable, and it therefore cannot be neglected in practice. For instance, a Column with its Right in front may arrive on the left of its ground, and be obliged immediately to form up, and support that point, so that the Right of the Line will become the Left (see Movement No. XII. from Open Column), or it may be necessary for a Column to form Line to its reverse flank as nearly as possible upon its own ground (see Movement...
Page 134 - CAUTION fo to do, and the chiefs of companies give their words of execution to the fub-divifions or fe&ions to double behind, or move up quick to the regulating ones which preferve their original diftances from each other, and never alter the pace at which the column was marching, but proceed as if they were totally unconnected with the operation that the others are performing. When the column of companies is to be reduced to that of fub-divifions...
Page 59 - In column, divisions cover and dress to the "<"'""• proper pivot flank ; to the left when the right is in front ; and to the right when the left is in front.
Page 113 - ... the new direction.— -If the wheels are made to the reverfe hand, it receives the word HALT when the laft divifion but one has completed its wheel into the new direction, and the laft divifion itfelf files and places its pivot flank at the given point. — When a battalion open column, entered and marching on a ftraight line, is to form at a point where its rear flank is to be placed, it will receive the word HALT when the pivot of its rear divifion arrives ac that point.
Page 196 - Before a column of march or manoeuvre approaches the ground where it is to form, the commander will afcertain, as circumftances may determine him, the advanced and diftant points at which the flanks of his line are...
Page 134 - The increafe or diminution of the front of the column is performed by the battalion, when in movement or when halted.
Page 74 - ... which is not to be attempted ; they can be used in the most critical situations, where the filings and movements of the open column could not be...
Page 28 - INCLINE ! each man makes a half face on his horfe's fore feet, by which means each will appear to be half a head behind his flank leader ; and the whole will look to the hand to which they are to incline. The leading officer on the flank, with a glance of his eye, afcertaining his points, marches fteadily upon them, at whatever pace is ordered.
Page 109 - ... of fending particular orders) to whatever alterations of direction the head may take; and the commander conducting that head fo as to enable the rear to comply with its movements without hurry.
Page 36 - ... on his motions. — The juftnefs of execution, and the confidence of the foldier...

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