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Broadsword Exercises - John Gaspard Le Marchant 1797

Broadsword Exercises - John Gaspard Le Marchant 1797

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Major-General John Gaspard Le Marchant (9 February 1766 – 22 July 1812) was one of the finest British cavalry commanders of his generation; he was also an intellectual soldier who had a great influence on the efficient functioning of the army he served in. He was instrumental in the process which produced the first British military academy and staff college; and he saw active service in the French Revolutionary Wars and the Peninsular War.
Major-General John Gaspard Le Marchant (9 February 1766 – 22 July 1812) was one of the finest British cavalry commanders of his generation; he was also an intellectual soldier who had a great influence on the efficient functioning of the army he served in. He was instrumental in the process which produced the first British military academy and staff college; and he saw active service in the French Revolutionary Wars and the Peninsular War.

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BROADSWORD EXERCISES
During the Flanders campaign against the French(1793-94)John Gaspard Le Marchant , The principle distinction between the broadsword and therapier is, that the latter is formed only for thrusting, while theformer is adapted for cutting also. Indeed, those who use thebroadsword are too apt to neglect the use of the point, andfocus their attention almost exclusively to the cuts. The firstlesson in the sword exercise is necessarily to know how tostand. The learner should be instructed to perform thedifferent movement by word of command, remembering toconsider the first parts of the word as a caution, and not to stiruntil the last syllable is uttered. At the last syllable, themovement should be performed smartly. In giving the word,the instructor always makes a slight pause, in order to give hispupils time to remember what they must do. For example, thewords
 Draw Swords
is given thus,
 Draw
…….
Swords
- theword swords being spoken smartly, in order that themovement may correspond.
POSITIONS
Before a sword is even placed in the learner's hand, he must firstlyacquaint himself with the correct positions.First Position
 
 The learner stands perfectly upright oppositethe target, with his right side towards it, hisheels close together, his right toe pointing to thetarget, and his left foot at right angles with theright. His arms must be clasped behind hisback, his right palm supporting the left elbow,and his left hand grasping the right arm justabove the elbow. In this position he must bendboth knees and sink down as far as possible.This will not be very far at first, but he willsoon sink down quite easily.
 
 Second Position
This is accomplished by placing the right foot smartly in front, aboutsixteen or fourteen inches before the left. He must accustom himself tobalance himself so perfectly on his left foot, that he can place the righteither before or behind it, without losing his balance.

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