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Regimental Badge

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

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Motions of the Long Rifle on the March

Timing of Command

Each motion is to be done as the left foot comes to the ground, both in slow and quick time.
To this end the word of command should be completed as the right foot is coming to the ground.

Stepping off from the Order

Follow these rules:

Stepping off...   On the first step, come to...
with fixed bayonets (on all occassions)   The Advance Arms
in line without bayonets   The Trail Arms
in file without bayonets   The Trail Arms
     
Halting...   Returning to the Order on all occassions

Turning while at Trail Arms

Marching in Line or in Fours
When marching with trailed arms and ordered to turn into

will come to the Advance Arms as they turn, or form.
They will trail again on turning into line or forming four.

Turning to the Left (or Right) About
When a soldier marching with trailed arms is required to turn to the left or right about will:

Marching

Soldiers will, as a general rule, on field movements be bought to the Slope before stepping off, except when required to move at the Shoulder.

Sloped Arms -
Marching

Soldiers marching with sloped arms, when halted, will remain at the Slope, except:

Soldiers marching with sloped arms, when ordered to take up slow time, will remain at the Slope.

Turning to the Left (or Right) About
When a soldier marching with sloped arms is required to turn to the left or right about will:

Shouldered Arms -
Soldiers moved off from the Shoulder:

    On the first step, come to...
Stepping off in Slow time   remain at the Shoulder
Breaking into Quick Time   Slope Arms

 

Exercise for Long Rifle on the March

From the Halt at Ordered Arms -

Command

 

Action

Quick - March
or
Mark Time -
Quick

 

 
  • By a sharp turn of the wrist, bring the thumb of the right hand round the rear of the barrel and grasp the rifle, thumb between the stock and the thigh (as in first motion of fixing bayonets)
  • On March, step off (or commence marking time) and
  • bring the rifle to the Trail on the first pace.
Advance - Arms

 

 
Trail - Arms  
Change - Arms  
  • Raise the rifle to a perpendicular position at the right side
  • Carry it to the left side and pass it into the left hand, then
  • lower it to the Trail,
  • at the same time dropping the right hand to the side.
Change - Arms  
  • Change the rifle back to the right hand in a similar manner.
Squad - Halt  
Shoulder - Arms  
Slow - March
or
Mark Time -
Slow
 
  • Step off (or commence marking time), remaining at the Shoulder.
Break into
Quick Time - Quick
 
  • Break into Quick Time and come to The Slope.
Fix - Bayonets  
  • Bring the rifle down as in trailing arms, but with the barrel slanting upwards in front of the right breast,
  • Fix Bayonets as at the Halt, then
  • return to The Slope
Shoulder - Arms  
Support - Arms  
Shoulder - Arms  
Slope - Arms  
Change - Arms  
Change - Arms  
  • Carry the rifle back to the left shoulder in a similar manner.
Charging   Soldiers marching in quick time at the Slope are to be taught to charge as follows -
Prepare to Charge   As a Front Rank -
  • Bring the rifle to the Trail, without losing the square position of the body or the regularity of step.

As a Rear Rank -

  • Continue to move at the Slope.
Charge!   As a Front Rank -
  • Bring the rifle to the position of the Charge, and
  • increase the pace to the Double March.

As a Rear Rank -

  • Break into double time, continuing at the Slope
Squad - Halt  
  • Halt and come to the Shoulder, both as a front and rear rank.

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Created 26 September, 1998