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Saber Exercise U.S. Military 1914

Saber Exercise U.S. Military 1914

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Published by Chris Gordon
The second of George S. Patton's American army cavalry saber drills
The second of George S. Patton's American army cavalry saber drills

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Published by: Chris Gordon on Jun 21, 2011
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Saber Exercise
This booklet is a true reproduction of the
Saber Exercise Manual – 1914 
published on 23 March1914 by the
Office of the Chief of Staff, War De- partment.
The manual was written by
Master of the Sword,Lt. George S. Patton, Jr.
for use with the
Model1913 Cavalry Saber
which was designed by Lt.Patton.The drawings in this booklet are exact reproduc-tions of the originals.Charles M. ProvinceThe Patton Society3116 Thorn StreetSan Diego CA92104-4618
The weight should hang low in the support to make it more stable.When the dummy is used outside, iron pins with L-shaped headsmay be driven into the ground with the projection over the support toprevent it from being knocked down. In the hall it will occasionally beupset. The supports cannot be made longer or the horses will step onthem.An ordinary sack filled with straw makes a good prone dummy. Anold blouse and breeches should be put on it to accustom the horses to gosteadily among men.Rings or other targets which offer no resistance to the saber shouldnot be used. Dummies made by suspending sacks from above are unsat-isfactory as they swing up instead of down when struck.
War Department,Document No. 463.
Office of the Chief of Staff 
Construction of dummies.45
. As nearly all the mounted work with the saber is carried onagainst dummies it is necessary to have suitable ones. The resistanceshould be approximate that offered by a human body, and the dummyshould be constructed so as to give way in about the same manner as ahuman body in combat, without hurting the trooper or frightening hishorse.A dummy constructed on the following lines seems to answer thepurpose. It can be made out of old material, at small cost, by anyonewho can use tools.The dummy itself is a cylinder of burlap or sacking 10 inches indiameter and 20 inches long. The upper end may be fastened with astring or sewed. The lower end is tacked to the frustum of a right cone10 inches in diameter at the upper section and 6 or 7 inches at thelower. The frustum is from 3 to 4 inches thick. The sack or cylinder of burlap is stuffed as tightly as possible with straw. A strip of leathernailed around the bottom of the sack where it joins the wooden basekeeps the burlap from tearing out.The wooden support is made as shown in the diagram. The basin atthe top in which the dummy moves is made by cutting holes of suitablediameter in two or three 1-inch boards and nailing them together. Thediameter of the basin should be 3 inches greater than that of the base of the dummy.The weight, a bag of sand, should weigh about 40 pounds. It can bechanged to vary the stiffness of the dummy.

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