Drill and rifle instruction for volunteer rifle corps

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Page 30 - ... which they are ordered to extend, and move off in double time. As soon as each file has extended to its proper distance, it will turn to its front and resume the quick time, the rear-rank men covering their front-rank men, and the whole keeping in line with the directing file.
Page 33 - The attention of the skirmishers should be especially called to the following points : — " Skirmishers, when under fire, must take advantage of all cover. The men of a file should always work together ; both men should never be unloaded at the same time ; they should always, when practicable, load under cover, before moving to the front when advancing, and after falling back when retiring. " Young soldiers (particularly when first opening fire) are apt to waste their ammunition ; its value, therefore,...
Page 8 - Place the hollow of the right foot smartly against the left heel, keeping the shoulders square to the front. 2nd. Raise the toes, and turn to the right on both heels.
Page 53 - That the line of sight should be taken along the centre of the notch of the back-sight and the top of the fore-sight, which should cover the middle of the mark aimed at.
Page 7 - The exact squareness of the shoulders and body to the front is the first and great principle of the position of a soldier. The heels must be in...
Page 8 - THREE, bring the right foot smartly back in a line with the left. On the word FACE, draw back (or advance) the right foot one inch. On the word TWO, raise the toes and turn an eighth of a circle to the right (or left) on both heels.
Page 34 - The third and fourth ranks will make ready as a front and rear rank standing. Muzzles of rifles to be inclined upwards. The standing ranks will fire by files, and the kneeling ranks in volleys by word of command. When the sides of the square are less than four deep, the front rank only will kneel. In this manner dispersed parties may be formed to resist an attack of cavalry in an open country, either in one or more squares, according as they may be more or less dispersed ; each square consisting...
Page 8 - Place the right heel against the hollow of the left foot, keeping the shoulders square to the front. 2nd. Raise the toes, and turn to the left . on both heels.
Page 42 - Front, the squad will turn to the left, and re-form two deep -as already described. Fours- As already described. Left. ' On the word Left, the squad will turn to the left, and the left files will form on the left of the right files, by taking one pace of 24 inches to the left with their left feet, and one pace of 24 inches to .the rear with their right feet. {On the word Front, the squad will turn to the right, and re-form two deep as already described.
Page 39 - When retiring, the successive relief of the skirmishers by supports, is the most effectual manner of keeping an enemy in check: the officer commanding a support, should, therefore, be constantly on the look-out for good positions, in which he may extend his men with .advantage, such as a bank, a ditch, a wall, or such like cover. After relieving, the new skirmishers must hold their position until ordered to continue the retreat.

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