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65th (2nd Yorkshire North Riding) Regiment of Foot

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SQUAD DRILL, WITH ARMS, IN TWO RANKS

44. The Formation of Fours

The squad should now be made up of eight or nine files, and numbered off from the right to left; and it must be explained to the men that odd numbers are right files and even numbers left files.

Note: Generally performed at shouldered arms, but when forming fours at ordered arms, the soldiers will come to the Short Trail.

Form Four Deep

Form four deep

Form Fours-
  • Rear rank take a pace of 12 inches to the rear
Deep The left files will make up in line with the right files,
  • by taking a pace 21 inches to the rear with their left feet,
  • and a pace of 21 inches to the right with their right feet.
Squad-Front The left files will move up in line with the right files,
  • by taking a pace of 21 inches to the left with the left feet,
  • and a pace of 21 inches to the front with the right feet

The whole of the rear-rank men will then close up to their proper distances from the front rank by taking a pace of 12 inches to the front with the left feet.

 

Form Four Deep to the Right

Form four deep to the right

Form Fours-
  • Rear rank take a pace to the rear
Right
  • the squad face to the right
  • and the left files take a side step to the right with the right feet,
  • and a pace to the front with the left
Squad-Front The squad will face to the left, and re-form two deep as already described.

Form Four Deep to the Left

form four deep to the left

Form Fours-
  • Rear rank take a pace to the rear
Left
  • Whole company face to the left
  • and the left files take a side step to the left ,
  • and a pace to the rear
Squad-Front The squad will face to the right, and re-form two deep as already described.

Form Four Deep to the Rear

Form four deep to the rear

Form Fours-
  • Rear rank take a pace to the rear
About
  • Whole company face to the right about
  • and the left files take a pace to their present front with the right feet,
  • and one to the left with the left feet
Squad-Front The squad will face to the right about, and re-form two deep as already described.

45. Fours Wheeling and Forming Squad

1. Wheeling. - A squad taking ground to a flank by fours, will wheel to the right or left, in the same manner as it wheels in files, each four wheeling successively round the same point.

2. Forming to the Front. - When a squad taking ground to a flank by fours is ordered to form to the front:

3. Forming to the Reverse Flank, or to the Right or Left About, ot to the Pivot Flank. - When a squad ordered to form to the reverse flank, or to the right or left about, it will at once form two deep and then proceed as described in Sections 43 and 32 of this Part; a squad will form to the pivot flank simply by halting and fronting.

46. A Squad formed in Fours closing on a Flank, or the Centre, and Re-forming Two Deep

For the following practices 10 or 12 files should be put together.

Fours closing on the Right and re-forming Two Deep

On the Right
(Left or Centre)
Close.
Quick-March
A squad having formed four deep must be taught to close on the right, left, or centre;
  • the four men on the named flank or in the centre standing fast,
  • the remainder closing on them by the side step.
From the Right
(Left, or Centre)
Re-form Two Deep.
Quick-March
In re-forming two deep, on the word March:
  • the four men on the named flank, or in the centre, will stand fast,
  • the remainder will open out from them by the side step,
  • and the left files will move up to their places in succession as the intervals are opened for them;
  • the rear-rank man will step up to their proper distances at the same time.

These formations must also be practised during the march; on the words On the Right (Left or Centre) Close

On the words From the Right (Left, or Centre) Re-form Two Deep,

48. Dismissing a Squad

To the right - Face

Face right

(without arms)
Break - off

  • Front rank takes side step to the left, rear rank to the right
  • At same time, strike hands together in front of their thighs
  • Pause, then squad break off

(with arms)
Lodge - Arms

  • Port Arms
  • Front rank takes side step to the left, rear rank to the right
  • Pause, then squad break off

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Updated 9 October, 2000