Evolutions of a brigade and corps dʼarmée
"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 128 - ... file past him, and when his left guide is abreast of him, he will halt it, and face it to the front. The chief of the fourth division, when he shall see it nearly unmasked, will command: 1. Fourth division, forward; 2. Guide left; 3. MARCH (or double quick — MARCH). This division will move towards the line of battle, and when at three paces from this line, it will be halted by its chief, and aligned by the left. 559. The chief of the third division will move his division forward, conforming...
Page 31 - ... 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 59 - 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 111 - The battalion being halted, if it be the wish of the colonel to cause it to march in retreat, he will command : 1. Face to the rear. 2. Battalion, about — FACE.
Page 33 - 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 74 - ... successively what has just been prescribed for the file next to the left, and each file will form into two ranks when the file next on its right has obliqued the required distance and faced to the front.
Page 47 - 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.
Page 41 - ... leading company will stand fast, the Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, and Seventh Companies will wheel by platoons, right and left, into line of battle, the right platoons to the right and the left to the left ; the Eighth Company will close up to form the square, and when it shall have closed up, its Captain will halt it, face it about, and align it by the rear rank ; the right file of the first Company will face to the right, and its left file to the left, and the outer files on each flank...
Page 162 - ... 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.