A

CO]\IPLETE
OF

SYS'rEJYI

BAYONET
BY

EXEROISE.

RICHARD

F. BURTON,

Lieutenant Bombay Army,
Author of " Sindh, and the Races that inhabit the Vulley of the Indus;" "Goo and the Blue Mountains ; 'J H Falconry in the Yalley of the Indus ;H "Scinde, or the Unhappy Valley;" &c. &c.

LONDON:
PRINTED .AND PUBLISHED BY

'VILLIAM

CLOWES
14, CRARING CROSS.

AND

SONS,

1853.

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VI.CONTENTS. PA. the Retiring. the Head Parade.GE Introductory Remarks Section Section· Section Section Section Section 5 11 12 15 17 20 28 32 34 35 1. and the Body Parade Of Combined Motions The Feints Section VII. The Guards The Facings The Advancing. III. V. Section VIII. Introduction II. IV. Concluding Remarks . and the Side (or Closing) Steps The Points The Simple Parades.

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. with his bayonet. amongst some officers of the different services. THE days have been when there was a prejudice against attempting to introduce into our armies a regular System of Bayonet Exercise. proscribing its efficient use on account of its possible abuse. They do not object to teaching the lancer the use of his lance. who oppose the innovation for a peculiar reason. The objections urged by them against Bayonet Practice are-that the men should be taught to depend solely upon the charge. A non-military reader would scarcely believe it. do but to keep together in line. or the swordsman to' handle his sword skilfully: but they determine that the bayoneteer must not learn to attack his enemy. to put . if told. when they have nothing to. however.-and that the soldier who is induced to rely upon his individual strength or skill would be more likely to leave the ranks. to leave him in ignorance of what can be done with it. It is certainly a novel thing in the history of arms. and.1 weapon into a man's hand. The feeling still lingers. that after teaching our soldiers only to fix and to unfix their bayonets' .INTRODUCTORY REMARKS. thus throwing them into disorder. .that the real old English system is to thrust at the enemy without any other consideration but to run him through the hody. or to defend himself.

we leave them to direct or to misdirect their weapons as they please. at last. the dress. suppleness. which the Manual and Platoon tend to fetter and stiffen rather than otherwise.Bayonet Exercise has been used for years in almost all the armies of the Continent. but by bringing them into the field with all the advantages which their noble qualities deserve.. even in the most stationary of our establishments. . And in this country there is 11 feeling. have ushered in the brilliant closes of our campaigns. every year increasing. which. whereas all the military nations of Europe have authorised in their armies regular systems of attack and defence. vVe begin to think that the art of war is not a mere instinct. to escape those heavy losses. that some improvements might be introduced into the arms and accoutrements. and to charge in one position. and therefore we require from officers proofs of proficiency in military studies.W . whave found out. and the drill of our soldiers. 'I'l. But now the march of improvement has commenced. Upon the drill ground it supplies the recruit with vigour.6 INTIWDUC'l'ORY REMARKS. And thus we shall be enabled to do justice to our men. in our future wars. and elasticity of limb-in other words it teaches him the free use of his arms and legs. that no nation has wasted blood and treasure more wilfully than ours. not by trusting entirely to their fatal courage and determination. May the subject obtain the· attention which it merits! So may we hope. and experience in actual service has taught the French to consider it 11 necessary part of a soldier's education. as a general rule.

they are. consequence. therefore. and desultory onsets. which. whose tactics are skirmishes. there ensues a confusion. when acting in detached bodies. Even the sentinel may have an opportunity of defending himself with his bayonet.en of weapons. 7 He becomes less likely to lose his balance. being inferior in physical strength. when ably wielded. it is believed. he feels the firelock lighter in his hands. and what is of the greatest. mishing. To the Indian army this Exercise will. surprises." the musket.INTRODUCTORY REMARKS. The former. as they are ever liable to be. In the field it has many uses. Light Infantry may suddenly be set upon by small bodies of assailantsInfantry or Cavalry-when a general melee must take place. But the principal use of the Bayonet Exercise is for Light Infantry. is superior to anything that can be opposed to it. engaged. And it may· confidently be asserted that no armies require the knowledge of it so much as ours. he acquires full confidence in that" que. When engaged in skir. in long and frequent wars with barbarous and semi-barbarous nations. The Sepoy has not learned to trust to his musket as the European soldier does. finds the tire- . the full effects of his incapacity. be found most advantageous. All feel that they hold in their hands a deadly weapon. when the able bayoneteer avails himself of his effective thrusts. both cooler in firing. and readier to reserve their fire till it can be delivered with effect. and the half-drilled man experiences . during which enemy meets enemy hand to hand. or in crowning heights. After the charge. if a stout resistance: be made.

But why. and trust to the sword or dagger. and poniard. lock a cumbrous weapon. obviate this defect. in Page 35 will be found a concise every day lesson. Show them a valid reason for changing the customs of their forefathers. it might be inquired. however. But Indians are not so averse to innovations as they are popularly supposed to be. he will not be slow to take the lesson and its deductions. lighten the musket in his hands by a proper course of training. and they will do so as readily as most people. partly our own fault? In my humble opinion we . forming a foundation for efficient practice. and prove to him its superiority over spear. sabre. To . that it is too complicated. Teach the Sepoy to use his arms and legs. throw away his musket. and perhaps he feels himself deficient in that dogged courage which must animate those who fight sturdily under a serious disadvantage. should the English soldier be deterred by difficulties which every French voltigeur can master? As officers. The following System of Bayonet Exercise is drawn from those in actual usc amongst the Continental nations. if permitted. Consequently the Sepoy would often.8 INTRODUCTORY REMARKS. the handling of which is more familiar to him. and it has this advantage. Is not this. and that their men learn as much in four months as ours do in six. that every ·motion described in it has stood the test of trial in the field. we admire the intelligence of our neighbours in military matters. We remark that they arc born soldiers. An objection has been raised against it.

and Platoon is properly simplified-when a Salle d' Armes is established in every corps. namely. Loose practice should be encouraged. so in the Bayonet Drill. The instructor. superiority of acuteness. Light Infantry and Rifle Corps should be taught to . In France a dozen lessons are considered sufficient to teach the soldier the use of his bayonet. then. rigidity of the muscles retards the action: it tends also to defeat one of the principal objects' of the Exercise. As in Sword Practice. who should be taught to keep his assailants in front. that his postures be natural. Sometimes two or three must be opposed to one man. must fully explain to his men the reason and object of every motion. When our system of drill is thoroughly efficient-when the Manual. becomes a recognised branch of instruction. both with the right and the left hand and leg to the front: this will be found to serve the purpose of a system of gymnastics. a wooden button covered with a leathern pad being fixed upon the point of the bayonet. Conceding to him. we shall find our soldiers equal in intelligence to any others. and masks being worn to prevent accidents. by shifting ground. but not stiff. I believe. attributing to Nature the effect of Art.IN':rRODUCTORY RElUARKS. and when the Bayonet Exercise. He must be"" careful that the soldier's limbs be supple. to perform several B3 . mistake the cause of their quickness. we may expect to effect this desirable object in a month or two. perform the Bayonet Exercise. and that all his motions be steady. to attack them with feints. however. that of' " setting up" the soldier.

HENRY ANGELO. and to avail himself of any object which can secure his rear. For detailed directions respecting the practice of Bayonet against Sword.ht or a Left close. the moment they are within reach of the bayonet. always avoiding. the enemy's sword arm. the works of Mr. as explained in Sect. thrusts and parries in rapid succession. and Sword against Bayonet.-and to deliver a smart point. late Superintendent of Sword Exercise. either at man or at beast. by springing to the side with a R~r. if possible.10 INTRODUCTORY REMARKS. . The men must be accnstomed to avoid the charge of a horseman. . may be consulted with the greatest advantage. VII.

all step off'. the front rank is ordered to advance four paces. OPEN ORDER in single rank is taken by each Soldier stepping four paces from his right-hand man.-INTRODUCTION. The firelock must be held on the right side.THE BAYONET EXERCISE. I. with the right hand as low as the arm will conveniently reach. the guard between the thumb and forefinger of the right hand.stopping when each one stands four paces distant from his right-hand man. When the men are to be exercised in double ranks. . Sect. and at the word 11:Iarclt. and the three last fingers under the cock. The instructor will begin by making his men advance arms. with the guard to the front. Then both ranks are faced to the left.

CAUTION. the weight of the body resting equally upon both legs. Prepare for Infantry. the right toe straight off to the right. Two. Bend the legs so that the kneepans may be 011 a line with the tips of the toes. Slow time. II.( 12 ) . and the left toe fun to the front. .. and the right wrist resting against the hollow of the thigh below the hip. Move the right foot 18 inches in rear of the left. 1. the point of the bayonet raised to the height of the adversary's breast.TIm GUARDS. Three. half-face to the right on the heels as pivots. without altering the ground. On the word Gicas-d. so that the feet may be at right angles to each other. and bring it to the position of Chorqe. Sect. One. STAND ON GUARD. the heels on a line with each other. At the same moment give the flrelock a cant with the right hand.. and the toes at right angles. TIm instructor will give the order to Stand on Guard against Infantry.

On the word Arms. Two. Bring the left hand smartly down to the left thigh. motion to the orders One. j One. the men must at first be practised in slow time. half-face to the right. and extend the right leg. Slow time. Move the right foot 18 inches in rear of the left. Three. and the right wrist resting against the hollow of the thigh below the hip. performing every . and bring the firelock to the position of C/taTge. Stand on -Guard. to preserve the order of the motions marked and distinc t. ADVANCE ARMS. however. come to the proper front. When perfect in this preparatory lesson. On the word Gum'd. CAUTION. they should be taught to come to the guard directly on receiving the word of command. as described above. . STAND ON GUARD. The instructor will then give the order to Stand on Guard against Cavalry. THE BAYONET EXERCISE. the point of '[the bayonet raised to the height of the adversary's eye. same time return to the position of Advance. ' . Two. 1. Prepare for Cavalry. whilst they change the time. Three. as before directed.2. 13 l In learning the Guards against Infantry and Cavalry. \ Two. Throw the body a little forwards. One. bring the heels together. being careful. and at the .

14 'l'HE llAYONET EXERCISE.'1onet m\lst be directed 6 inches towards the lift. 1 is the position 'if the Carte and Tierce Parries . ADVANCE ARMS.-AcAINST INFANTRY. GUARD. 1 f As before directed. 2. GUARD. No. I.-AGAINST CAVALRY. 6 inches towa:rds the J'igltt. 1. . PLATE No.2. in Tierce. No. Dilly in Carte the point qf the HU.

the front be- TO THE RIGHT ABOUT. FACE. which is done by right foot. TO THE LEFT. Face to the right smartly sweeping the completely round in reversethe direction coming the rear. which is done in one movement. by the right. FACE. at the same moment turning to the right upon the heel of the left foot. by. a~d accurately preserving the position of guard. at the same moment turning to of the left upon the heel of the left foot. IN going through the Facings. rear of the left. puts them through their facings as follows:Face to the right. against Infantry or Cavalry. '£0 THE RIGHT. never quits the ground: when making the movements the toes must be slightly raised. FACE. so as to of guard.15 Sect. The instructor having placed his men standing on guard. the left or foremost foot. smartly bringing the right foot to the rear the left. IlL-THE FACINGS. as in Infantry Drill. which is done in one movement. so that the heel may form a pivot. l . about. by smartly bringing the right foot to the rear of the left. l f f Face 10 the left. and accurately preserving the position of guard.

IS inches. each man will make an exact halfface. in going through the facings. so as to reverse the direction of guard. The heels should always be on a line with each other. the word of command. completely round in rear of the left. 1 f Face to the left about. Right (or Left) !falf Face. the front belcaming the rear. as above directed. by the left. On the word of Command. FACE. RIGHT (OR LEFT) HALF FACE. Front. 1'IIE BAYONET EXERCISE. .16 TO THE LEFT ABOUT. The distance between the feet. 2. must be accurately preserved. 1 FRONT. or the soldier will be liable to lose his balance. 'Whenever it is intended to resume the original front. will be given. 1 The chief points to be attended to. are1. which is done 'by smartly sweeping the right foot.

Instantly bring the right foot to the place which the left has quitted. Two. proceeds as follows:FORWARD. MARCH. One. THE RETIRING. The feet must move sharply an inch or so above the ground. must be exactly the same as they were before it. -. ONE STEP. Move the right foot smartly backwards. in thefollowing move- ments.17 ) Sect. ( 1 One. to the distance of 18 inches. 'The body must be kept firm and steady. THE chief points to be attended to. after the advance or retreat.iJ. ONE STEP. 3.-THE ADVANCING. AND THE SIDE (OR CLOSING) STEPS. Instantly bring the left foot to the I J • . 2. The distance and position of the guard. B ACKWARD. IV. to the distance of 18 inches. MARCH.Jl The instructor will make his men execute a number of these . and clear it without grazing it. are1. pace Whiic h the rlg I1t Ilas qmttec I . The instructor having placed his men standing on guard. Move the left foot smartly forwards. Tl.

March. thus retiring nearly two paces. 'TWO STEPS. The practice of these double steps increases steadiness and agility. March. Two. Throw the right foot smartly to 18 inches behind the left. . Backward. the latter forming the pivot. Then turn smartly round on the toes of both feet to the proper front. the soldier's the instructor \fill make him advance !tETIltE. ' Two. to 18 inches before the right.18 Forward 'TUE BAYONET EXERCISE. Then throw the right foot smartly to 18 inches behind the left. One. the right fo?t being in advance of the left. Bring the firelock to the position of port. Throw the right foot smartly forwards. and settle down in the position of guard. by such commands as Forward. Three Steps. to about one foot's distance behind the • llACKWAItD. to behind the right foot. RIGHT ABOUT. Then throw the left foot smartly forwards. the following:- FORWARD. Three. MARCIL -- f 1 right. l I l One. .thus gaining two paces. Throw the left foot smartly backwards. FACE. and retire in this way to considerable distances. and Backward movements. Four Steps. Throw the left foot a complete semicircle by the right. 'TWO STEPS •. MARCH. to 18 inches before the left. Two. One.

ONE STEP. -:MARCH. Two. -MARCH. 1 to Its proper pace wh en st amli mg on guar d . r l The motions above described will be found useful when the ground is rough or broken. The left foot is instantly brought up to its proper place when standing on guard. ONE STEP. Throw the left foot a complete semi. to behind the right foot. The right foot is instantly brought up . FACE. 19 RETIRE. where stepping backwards in the common way might cause the soldier to fan. Two. On the word lWarclt. circle by the left. LEFT· ABOUT. j One. RIGHT CLOSE.THE BAYONET EXERCISE. the right foot is carried 18 inches to the right. so as to avoid his sword arm. The LEFT CLOSE. These motions must be made familiar to the men. to keep on the horseman's left side. On the word March. in enabling the soldier. when attacked by cavalry. Two. Bring the firelock to the position of port. the left foot is carried 18 inches to the left. of the right. the left foot being in advance. instructor should carefully explain their use. lone. . the ) latter forming' the pivot. One. Then turn sniartly round the toes of both ·feet to the proper on front.

with the horseman's flank. . Also.-THE POINTS. It must be remembered that when pointing against Infantry. Carte is that position when the hands are on a line with the left breast. and the point of the bayonet is directed towards the right. 3. when against Cavalry. having placed his men standing on guard. and the point of the bayonet is directed about 8 inches towards the left. 1. they must be taught the use of their weapons in offence and defence.( 20 ) Sect. Tierce is that position when the hands are in a line with the right breast. as follows :- . WHEN the men are well grounded in the different steps. Prime is that position when the hands are raised above the head. the point of the bayonet must be on a level with the enemy's breast. the eyes must be fixed upon that part of the enemy's body where the point is intended to take effect. and Tierce. The instructor. when pointing. Every soldier should understand the technical terms Prime. 01' the horse's head. 2. and the point of the bayonet is directed towards the left. V. will put them through the different motions. Carte.

THE BAYONET EXERCISE. throwing the chest a little forwards. return at once to the guard. only in Carte the butt must rest against the lift breast. FRONT POINT. so that the weapon may be supported by the thumbs and the forefingers.'l. The Carte and Tierce Points are delivered in a similar wa. till the butt of the firelock rests in the hollow of the right shoulder. The thrust being delivered. draw the firelock smartly back with both arms and loosen the hands. 21 1. in Tierce the butt must rest against the right breast. and straightening the right. Deliver the thrust smartly. Three. bending the left leg. and the lock must be turned upioards. On the word Point. stretching both arms to the front. . One. FROh"T POINT. and the lock must be turned downwards. PLATE II. Two.

l f . as in Front Point. return at once to the guard. till they receive the word of command. 3.it embarrasses the enemy. as rapidly as possible. Guard. One. The instructor will at first direct his men to stand firm after the second motion. Deliver the thrust as ill Front Point. The thrust being delivered. and prevents his observing the direction which the point win take. and direct the point of the 'bayonet towards the right. The thrust being delivered. Two. and the four following Points. Thus he will be better able to observe and correct their faults in pointing. serves only to lose time. On the word Point. draw back the firelock. Three. Three. the men must be taught to perform the first motion of this. . at the same instant bringing the right shoulder aittle forwards. and not to return to guard. 2. without turning the hips or l legs. at the same instant bringing the left shoulder legs. RIGHT rOIN1'. if smartly done. and direct the point of the bayonet towards the left. whereas. in loose practice. return at once to the guard. And afterwards. Two.22 THE BAYONET EXERCISE. Slowly drawing the arms back. LEFT POINT. On the word Point. draw back the firelock. as in Front Point. Deliver the thrust as in Front Point. One.

of the right breast. Two.THE BAYONET EXERCISE. . HIGH POINT. ected upwards. .: front.80 that the firelock forms an angle of 45° with the head. raise the bayonet by bringing the left hand to the level. ·lJ One. 23 4. di. Deliver the thrust smartly to the . HIGH POINT. On the word Point. PLATE III. Three. Return to guard.r.

PLATE IV. but gradually. On the word Point. Two. 5.24 THE BAYONET EXERCISE. turn the barrel upwards. the triggerguard of the firelock being upwards. and the back of the hand close to the right ear. Deliver the thrust smartly downwards. as the bayonet descends. raise the butt and the elbow to a level with the head. Return to guard. 1 One. LOW l POINT. . Low POINT. Three.

l J s. Return to guard. PRIME POINT. and direct the point of the bayonet towards the right.THE BAYONE. 7. and direct the point of the bayonet towards the left. 25 6. One. Three. raise the firelock. at the same instant bringing the 'lright shoulder a little forwards. raise the firelock. as in Prime Point. Two. Two. as in Prime Point. as in Prime Point. PRIME LEFT POINT. [ Two. as in Prime Point. at the same instant bringing the left shoulder a. On the word Point. without moving the hips or legs. On the word Point. Deliver the thrust. Three. PRIME RIGHT POINT. throwing the chest a little forwards. One. One.T EXERCISE. c . Return to guard. and straightening the right. On the word Point. stretching both arms to their full extent. the h'igger-guard upwards. raise the firelock with both arms extended above the head. and the right hand in its proper position grasping the small of the butt. without moving the hips or legs. Deliver the thrust. bending the left leg. Three. the swell of the barrel loosely held in the fingers of the left hand. Deliver the thrust smartly to the front. Return to guard. little forwards.

The right hand maintains its proper position on the small of the butt. On the word Point. Two. 9. Two. . and at the same time smartly throw out the firelock with the right arm stretched to its full extent. and straightening the right. and straightening the right. bring the butt of the firelock to a level with the right breast. The left arm must be stretched to its fullest extent. On the word Point. upon which it must rest. the lock turned downwards. One. leaning the chest a little forwards. upon which it must rest. bending the left leg. 'l'IERCE POINT. the cock inwards. and . as described in Carte Point. LANCE POINT. the fingers of the left hand extended. the lock turned upwardS. and the cock inwards. Deliver the thrust smartly to the front. ClAR'l'E POINT. and Two. . and the ann is thrown in advance of the chest as far as it conveniently can be. 10. quit the barrel with left hand. bending the left leg. 11. On the word Point. at the same time seizing the barrel with the left. Three. One. Instantly draw back the firelock with the right hand to its former position. bring the butt of the flrelock to a level with the left breast.return at once to the guard. Three.26 THE BAYONET EXERCISE. Return to guard. throwing the chest a little forwards. and the palm hollowed to support the barrel. Deliver the thrust smartly to the front. l r f One. Return to guard.

But. . and the most difficult to be parried. The instructor must spare no pains in preventing the soldier from using force. as too great muscular exertion generally causes the thrust to miss. 27 PLATE V. To prevent this happening. LANCE POINT. on account of the difficulty of handling the firelock with one hand. and many a promising young soldier has lost his life by burying his weapon so deep in the enemy's breast that it could not be withdrawn quickly enough to be used against a second assailant. The soldier must be well instructed in this point. A trifling body-stab with the bayonet is sufficient to disable a man. which at first will appear awkward.THE BAYONET EXERCISE. and therefore the properest for the field. after practice. of force. more like a dart than a thrust. the point must be delivered smartly. he will find it the easiest·to deliver. and instantly afterwards the bayonet must be as smartly withdrawn. especially with the left or guiding arm. but with little exertion.

so as to guard it. as the Points. The left hand must be doubled as in shutting the fist. . and Tierce . AND TIlE BODY PARADE. are performed in the three positions of Prime.( 28 ) Sect. Vr. On the word Parry. Return to guard.-TIm SIMPLE PARADES. TIlE HEAD PARADE. 1. which should lie flat along the stock. the barrel resting between the third joint of the forefinger and the thumb. so as to be out of the way of a sword cut. as follows:One. and the point of the bayonet slightly inclined towards the left. puts them through the parades. The instructor having placed his men standing on guard. THE Simple Parades. the trigger-guard upwards. raise thefirelock. the eyes must be fixed upon the eyes of the enemy. and the ridge of the butt must be firmly supported between the thumb and the fingers of the right hand.As a general rule when parrying. with both arms extended to the full above the head. Carte. PJtIJ\{I~ . Two.

raise the firelock. at the same l instant bringing the left shoulder a little forwards. Return to guard. and parry towards the right. Guard.-rHE BAYONET EXERCISE. the instructor wilJ. 29 PLATE VI. On the word Parry. and not to return to guard till they receive the word of command. holding it as in Prime Pct1'1'Y. Two. without moving the hips or legs. I j . PRIME P AlUlY. (' One. at first direct them to stand firm after the first motion. PRIME nIGHT PARRl'. When drilling the men. c3 2.

PRIME I. On the word Parry. r 1 I One. keeping the right hand steady. \ Two. TIERCE PAIUty. holding it as in Prime Parry. On the word Parry. 5. without moving the hips or legs. 4. Two. Return to guard. keeping the right hand steady. Two. At the same instant incline the point of the bayonet 8 inches towards the left. Return to guard. with the left hand raise thc point of the bayonet to the height of the eye. with the left hand raise the point of the bayonet to the height of the eye.lEFT PARItY. CARTE l'ARRY. One. Three. and the hands are held as in Prime Parry. and parry towards the left. raise the firelock. he proceeds to the Head Parades. In this parade the eyes must be fixed upon the barrel between the hands. One. When the Simple Parades are familiar to the soldier. . One. On the word Parry. At the same instant incline the point of the bayonet 8 inches towards the right. Return to guard. On the word Parry.30 THE BAYONET EXERCISE. 8 inches above and a little before the head: the trigger-guard is turned upwards. HEAD PAltRY. raise ·the firelock with both hands to a horizontal or cross position. . at the same instant bringing the right shoulder a little forwards. Three. 3. Return to guard. Two.

On the word Parry. One. Two. andthrowing on the enemy's body-thrust to the left. the movement to be directed by the left hand. quickly describe two circles with the point of the bayonet from right to left. directing the motion with the left hand. One. that the two circles being rapidly described.. or a lancer bearing down upon him with a figure-of-eight motion. . he proceeds to the Body Parades. These are intended as a defence against a skilful swordsman or a lancer. I point 3. 1. standing in the position of guard. entangle the enemy's weapon. describe with the point of the bayonet a small circle from left to right. Two. RIGHT CIRCLE PARRY. . Return to guard.THE BAYONET EXERCISE. after which a smart point is almost sure to take effect. 'When the soldier is able to perform the Head Parade with ease and accuracy. and throwing off the enemy's bodythrust to the right. The soldier will find this Parade most useful in the case of' an experienced swordsman attacking him with feints. directing the motion with the left '(mnd. Return to guard. The chief advantage is. LEFT CIRCLE PARRY. 31 . On the word Parry. DOUBLE CIRCLE PARRY. 'f I I l On the word Parry. describe with the of the bayonet a small circle from right J to left. l ( J 2.

ABOUT. BACKWARD THREE LANCE RIGHT 8TE1'8. PRIME PARl~Y. STEPS. to perform circumstances should He must be questioned how he would act under the themselves. 1 On the word . THE instructor movements be able cession. various three opponents will now begin to teach the soldier double at the same time. having arc much lessons required: The instructor will order-- their faults. FACE. Point. which may serve against two or A well-drilled of motions present man should in quick sucand. RETIRE. given as specimens must necessarily placed his men standing FORWARD TWO 1. VII. to be executed as before directed. . as well as to correct Motions ingenuity. to aid his pupils with sugof the instructor Combined structor's gestions. 2. any number which be able might and double points. As before directed. POINT. The few following of the kind be left to the inon guard. POINT.32 ) Sect.-OF COMmNED MOTIONS.

POINT. No. and No. LEFT 3. S. facing the front.THE BAYONET EXERCISE. and the four right feet should touch one another. When standing on guard in this position. CIRCLE J \ PARRY. Form Squares cf Four. CARTE. as tho instructor deems proper. PARRY. BACKWARD 4. For this purpose the men are 'told off by fours. At the sound or the word of command. ane! Parry.4 back to back with No._which will be found useful in the case. POINT. lls before directed. -- POINT. In this position the men must be taught to Advance. Point. ONE TIERCE STEP. RIGHT CLOSE ONE STEP. .1 stands firm. PARRY.-thus opposing a front in every direction. 1. The soldiers must be accustomed to act in rallying squares of four. or to form in a more efficient manner. J As before directed.1.3 stands back to back with No. the left feet are to be moved 18 inches in front of the right. thus giving the square additional support and firmness. of a charge of cavalry made so suddenly that they have not time to load. 33 LANCE POINT. whilst No.2 places himself at right angles with No. No. for instance. thus forming the right face of the Square. LEFT PRIME FACE.

Thus he exposes himself to a thrust. The soldier should be exercised under the instructor's eye. which is the moment for what is called a time thrust-a point delivered in time to prevent the adversary's intended attack.( 34 ) Sect. By threatening one part of the adversary's person. FEINTING will be found useful to the soldier. It is performed in three ways :- 1. so in Bayonet Exercise. 3. which must be instantly deli vered wherever an opening offers itself. and by instantly thrusting at the ribs or the hip. As in Sword Practice. much depends upon the individual being accustomed to draw upon his own intelligence and dexterity. 2. By stamping smartly with the advanced foot. when engaged. . with a practised bayoneteer. By retiring aile or more steps. thereby encouraging the enemy to make an advance. in learning the feints which come easiest and most natural to him. so as to induce the adversary to make a parry. with a point. hand to hand. the head for instance.VlII.-Tm'l FEiNTS.

3. Prime Point. 4. 1. 2. Left Point. THE instructor wi1l be careful to practise his men in the following motions. Low Point. High Point. The Advancing. The The The The The The The The The and the Side Front Point. . (or Closing) Steps. Against Cavalry. which are the basis of the system. Against Infantry. Carte Point. Right Point. and especially Lance Point.( 35 ) CONCLUDING REMARKS. the Retiring. than for general and actual use in the field. whereas the others are rather intended for emergencies. Tierce Point. The Facings. or for the purpose of giving readiness and agility to the soldier. The Guards.

and fall a victim to his flurry or impetuosity. Loudou : Printod by W. Charing Cross. when opposed to an enemy. In conclusion. and yet. 14. The only way to counteract such risk is. The Prime The Prime The Prime The Carte The.36 THE BAYONET EXERCISE. too much attention cannot be paid to making all the motions thoroughly intelligible and familiar to the soldier. so to acquire the habit of handling the weapon according to rule.Tierce Parry. like the Sword Exercise. Right Parry. A man may go through the Bayonet. that the skilful use of it becomes a second nature. with a mechanical correctness on the parade ground. and Parry. forget all his science. Parry. 5. . Left Parry. CLOWES and SONS.

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