Evolutions of a brigade and corps dʼarmée

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"The following volumes of Infantry Tactics are based upon the French ordonnances of 1831 and 1845, for the manoeuvres of heavy infantry and chasseurs a pied. Both of these systems have been in use in our service for some year; the former having been translated by Lieutenant-General Scott, and the latter by Lieutenant-Colonel Hardee ... In this School [of the Battalion], several battalion manoeuvres have been introduced not in the original, several thrown out, and others changed and modified." -- From Preface, v. 1, p. 5-6.

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Page 25 - ... lesson. The column being at half distance, or closed in mass, to form to the left, or right, into line, wheel, on the rear of the column (No. 502). ARTICLE XIII.—The column being by company, form divisions from a halt (No.
Page 8 - When the movement begins, the first lieutenant will face the second platoon about, and march it promptly, and by the shortest line, to about one hundred and fifty paces in rear of the centre of the line. He will hold it always at this distance, unless ordered to the contrary. 31. The reserve will conform itself to all the movements of the line. This rule is general. 32. Light troops will carry their bayonets habitually in the scabbard, and this rule applies equally to the skirmishers and the...
Page 34 - ... put itself in the new direction, and whose left ought to pass the point at which the right had rested, may, at the command halt, find itself, in its whole front, parallel to the leading subdivision. 321. By this method there is no direction that may not be given to a column in mass.
Page 19 - To ploy the battalion in rear, or in front of the fourth division, the colonel will command: 1. Close column by division. 2. On the fourth division, left (or right) in front. 3. Battalion, left — FACE. 4. MARCH (or double quick — MARCH).
Page 29 - ... the line of battle, which it will pass in rear of the left marker; the first file having passed three paces beyond the line, the company will wheel again by file to the left, in order to place itself in rear of the two markers ; being in this position, its captain will halt it, face it to the front, and align it by the right against the markers. 468. At the second command, all the other companies will face to the right, each captain placing himself by the side of his right guide. 469. At the...
Page 18 - ... division. 148. If the battalion be in march, instead of at a halt, the movement will be executed by combining the two gaits of quick and double quick time, and always in rear of one of the flank divisions. 149. The battalion being in march, to ploy it in rear of the first division, the colonel will command : 1. Close column by division. 2.
Page 31 - ARTICLE SIXTH. To march in column at half distance, or closed in mass. 281. A column at half distance or in mass, being at a halt, the colonel will put it in march by the commands prescribed for a column at full distance.
Page 57 - If the column be in march, and should arrive in front of the right of the line on which it is to form into battle, the colonel and lieutenant colonel will conform to what is prescribed Nos.
Page 31 - A column, by company, or by division, being at full or half distance, the colonel will cause it to close in mass by the same means and commands, substituting the indication, column, close in mass, for that of to half distance, close column. Each chief of subdivision will conform himself to all that has just been prescribed, except that he will not halt his subdivision till its guide shall be at a distance of six paces from the guide of the subdivision next preceding.
Page 45 - A column, right in front, being at a halt, when the colonel shall wish to form it to the left into line, he will assure the positions of the guides by the means previously indicated, and then command: 1. Left into line, wheel.

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