THE PETTY OFFICER’S DRILLBOOK

UNITED STATES NAVY
1904 REVISED EDITION

Prepared under the Direction of the Bureau of Navigation
BY

LIEUT.-COMDR. WILLIAM F. FULLAM, U.S.N.

PRICE, $1.25 NAVAL INSTITUTE, ANNAPOLIS, MD.
1904

edge to the left.J. swords are brought to the order at the. and resume the original position: then reverse the hand. holding the hilt rather loosely. Fullham. heels together. arm extended to the front. back of the hand up. Moulinet. In this exercise all attacks are made by thrusting with the point of the sword. drop the point to the. eyes to the front. the men form in one or two ranks facing to the front. At the first command. Sword exercise.N. For instruction. and carry the left hand to the small of the back. 1093. intervals and distances are taken as in the bayonet exercise. the sword grazing the left shoulder. to have the commands and explanation for the corresponding movement toward the other flank. 4 Movements that may be executed In the same general manner toward either flank. are explained as toward but one flank. it being necessary to substitute the word left for right. assisted by Lieut. . The attack with the point is more deadly. the right toe square to the front. shoulder. General Remarks 1092. preparatory command for marching. edge to the right. the fingers united underneath. a full circle without bending the arm. finger nails up. Corbesier. THE MOULINETS. 3. 1.1. or the reverse. At the second command. and exe *Note—This Sword Exercise was originally prepared by Prof. left and describe. Sword Master at the Naval Academy. thumb along the back of the gripe and almost touching the guard. W.S.SWORD EXERCISE. feet at right angles. 2. opening the fingers to give play to the hilt. instead of attempting to cut with the edge. at the same time make a half face to the left. U. swords at the order. In the exercise. body erect.F. and are brought to the order on halting. and there is less exposure to counter attack than there is in making slashing blows that alone render the edge effective. 390 . the sword is held in the right hand. A. 2. raise the sword to the height of the right.

at the same time advance the right foot twice its length.1093. SWORDS. At the command: 1. resume the order. At the second command. 2. cute a moulinet to the right of the body in a similar manner. 2. bend the forearm and bring the hand to Plate 150. Art. 1094. The moulinet: first position. THE GUARDS 1. The first command is executed as in the moulinets. 1094. continuing the moulinets alternately. Order.SWORD EXERCISE. Bend 391 . edge to the right. the point of the sword at the height of the chin. Sword exercise. Art. Plate 149. the elbow free from the body and slightly outside the hip. GUARD. Right Guard the height of the right nipple and in front of the right shoulder.

Executed as in the bayonet exercise. the weight thrown a little more on the left leg than on the right. 1. head erect. hand in front of the right ear. The head and thrust attacks and parries are made from the right guard only. CHANGE GUARD. finger nails up. Arts. are made from the position of right guard only. the point to the left. to the left. PARRY. to pass over. eyes to the front. 1097. THE PARRIES.ADVANCE (or RETIRE). edge up. This is the position of right guard. t Head. the hand opposite the center of the body. THE STEPS. 1098. 1. ing the hand back slightly. (See plate 152) 392 . Left Guard. The attacks and parties. and vice versa. Carry the point of the sword a little to the right. In the engagement and assault. both knees slightly. To change guard: 1. 2. 1096. Reverse the position of the hand. STEP. then drop it to the left and raise the sword quickly a few inches above the head. (See plates 150 end 151. 1094-1095. In the left guard.SWORD EXERCISE. and close to the point of the opponent's sword. Step right (or left). the sword is held edge to the left. 2. 1099. raising the point and draw Plate 151. or. body erect.) 1095. the sword inclined slightly downward. one opponent advances when the other retires and one steps to the right when the other steps to the left.

1101. Carry the point of the sword slightly to the right. but by moving the right toe to the rear of the left heel.) 1. the hand to the right of the right hip and five inches below the right nipple. at the same time carry the upper part of the body forward and attack the opponent's head or cheek. sword edge to the left. PARRY. 2. the elbow and hand about the height of the breast (See plates 157 and 159.) For the neck parry. PARRY 1100. Arts. This movement will be executed at the command: 1. Attacks at the leg are not parried with the sword.) 393 . PARRY. then drop the point to the left. Right (or Left) cheek (or neck). 2. point up. Head attack and parry. PARRY. Right flank. Head (or Right. 2. 1102. edge to the right. lower the hand a few inches. 2. sword inclined slightly to the front. (2.) Carry the hand about ten inches in front and three inches to the right of the right cheek. (1. (See plates 153 and 156.) 1. 3. ATTACK (See plates 153 and 154. arm slightly bent. 1100 and 1110. the blade in line with the left knee and slightly to the front. art. 2. Right foot to the rear. or. or Left cheek.) 1108. Plate 152. 1. Thrust. arts. legs extended. Describe a semi-circle from left to right with the point of the sword until it is a little to the right of the right knee. 1099 and 1107. 1110. Left flank. 1108. (See plate 158.SWORD EXERCISE 1. edge to the right. art.

) The command. the direction of the attack. Art. lunge. and the command. attack (or return). for the second motion.) A feint is made by omitting the second motion. is the signal for the first motion. or lunge.SWORD EXERCISE. 1104. the first motion being to disengage and extend the arm quickly in Plate 153. (3. (1. Leg attack. (2. left cheek return. 1103.) In all attacks except the thrust disengage by drawing 394 . Plate 154. Art.) All single attacks are made in two motions. SINGLE ATTACKS.1108. (4. head return. lunge and quickly follows the first. Leg attack. the second motion is a.

Arts. 1108. art. (5. reverse the hand. ATTACK 395 . disengage by dropping the point below and to the opposite side of the opponent's sword. 1100 and 1108. To resume the guard: GUARD. 2. if the guard is to the left. Carry the right foot forward about eighteen inches. 1106. and. Being at the right guard: 1. extend the left leg. (1. and extend the arm quickly. right guard: 1. body thrown slightly forward. carry the right foot quickly to its original position. and resume the guard. 1107. (See plate 152. Being at the left or. At the second command. 1099. Bend the left knee. the right hand.) Having executed the first motion of an attack: LUNGE. Head.) Plate 155. ATTACK. back slightly and reversing the hand. grazing the ground. and then extend the arm quickly. the point passing over and close to the opponent's sword. (2. Right (or Left) cheek (or neck). left hand remaining at the small of the back. In making an attack. 2. Right cheek attack and parry. is held as best to oppose a counter attack. sword edge down. 1105. the hand is not reversed. if the guard is to the right. throw the sword point slightly to the rear to clear the point of the adversary's sword.) In the thrust attack.SWORD EXERCISE. throwing the weight of the body on the left leg. and attack the forehead of the adversary.) The lunge will be executed in all attacks. head thrown slightly back. hand at the height of the shoulder.

1100 and 1108. ATTACK. point of the sword at the height of the breast.SWORD EXERCISE. or neck. edge to the Plate 156. 2. and point directly for the middle of the face. (See plate 157. edge to the right. Being at right guard: 1. or neck (See plates 155 and 156. right. sword at the height of the cheek. 1102 and 1109.) Plate 157. disengage and extend the arm quickly. Thrust attack and parry.Thrust. At the second command. At the second command. Arts. 1109. Left cheek attack and parry. hand opposite the left breast.) 396 . Arts. disengage and extend the arm quickly.

2. 397 .) Plate 159 Arts. Plate 158. Arts.SWORD EXERCISE. or body. Right (or Left) flank. 1110. press with the thumb on the hilt and then withdraw the sword in an oblique direction to obtain a clear cut. edge to the right. Right flank attack and parry. Left flank attack and parry. (See plates 158 and 159. lower the point to the height of the belt. 1102 and 1l10. At the second command disengage and extend the arm quickly. neck. 1101 and 1110. Being at the left or right guard: 1. 1111. ATTACK. After all attacks for the face. and point at the flank.

etc. describe a quarter-circle with the point above the head from left to right by way of the rear without disturbing the position of the hand. raise the sword. 7. PARRY (or ATTACK). execute a left moulinet and attack the forehead of the adversary. 1. The attacks from the positions of the parries are called returns. RETURN.Head.. 6. 3. 9. 3. Throw the point slightly to the rear to clear the point of the opponent's sword. At the second command. LUNGE. RETURN. bringing the edge to the left. hand at the height of the shoulder. 1113.SWORD EXERCISE. ATTACK. then quickly turn the back of the hand up (or down) and attack in the designated direction. For example: -398 . 2. LUNGE.GUARD. The parries. 4. extend the arm quickly and finish the movement as for the head. At the second command. 2 RETURN. attacks. PARRY. LUNGE. Right (or Left) cheek. neck. PARRY. extend the arm quickly and thrust for the face or the upper part of the body. Left cheek. 2. etc. ATTACK. 1. etc.) Raise the hand. 3. (neck or flank). 1112. point to the left. LUNGE. 1117. After the left flank parry or thrust parry: I. Head.etc COMPOUND ATTACKS AND RETURNS. 5. GUARD. After the cheek or neck parry: 1. 5. 6. RETURNS. cheek. 4. Thrust. 2. 5. 2. The parries and attacks are first taught separately and afterwards in combination. Head. neck. 2. and are made as follows: After the head parry: 1. GUARD Head. RETURN. 3. LUNGE. RETURN.Head. LUNGE. 5. Left cheek. 1115. consists of a feint followed by an attack or return and will be taught after proficiency is attained in single attacks. sword edge down. 3.) To parry this return. ATTACK. Left cheek. 4. 2. PARRY. Head (or. thus: 1. 6. or return. . Left flank. (1. or flank). nails down. Thrust. 3. 2. 8. 1118. GUARD. 4 Right flank. Right flank. RETURN. After the right flank parry: 1. (2. Head. 4. 2. when the sword points directly to the rear reverse the hand. 2. (1. PARRY. 1. or left flank attack. GUARD. thus: 1. 6. 1114. 1116. and take the head parry. GUARD.) A compound attack. ATTACK. and returns will next be taught in combination.

at which the opponent begins to parry left cheek. LUNGE. Head. 2. the designated rank will attack.) Being at head parry: 1. 3.) At the command. 1. 3.) 1. Left and right cheek. (4. Left cheek (or neck). feint for the left cheek. Front (or Rear) rank. GUARD.) The rank to attack will be designated in the command. 7. 4. (3. and the front rank will then be faced about. At the second command. The men will form in two ranks. feint for the left cheek. or at the first motion of an attack. GUARD.SWORD EXERCISE. 3. ATTACK. the designated rank executes Step right. 3. GUARD. 2. sword exercise. GUARD. then reverse the hand quickly and attack the right cheek. at which the opponent begins to parry left cheek. Head. the rank attacked will return. LUNGE. and at such a distance that the swords will overlap about six inches when on guard. and the other rank Step left. 8. the opponents' swords will be held edge to edge when on guard. 1121. 4 LUNGE. and the other rank will parry. and the other rank will parry. Front (or Rear) rank. RETURN. (2. Examples In Single Attacks. 4. 4 LUNGE.) The parry will always be taken at a feint. take intervals. (3. At the third command. ATTACK. At the third command. the rank attacked will execute the parry and return.) 1. At the third command. the designated rank will attack. STEP. (1. 6.) In the engagement. in executing the movement. (2. 1119. ATTACK. Left and right cheek.) After careful instruction in the foregoing principles and movements. 3. Step right. will place themselves in front of their rear-rank men. At the second command. (5.) Being at right guard: 1. 2. (2. Examples In Single Attacks And Single Returns. RET'URN. the engagement will be taught. 399 . 2. THE ENGAGEMENT. 2. and the opposing rank will parry. (1. Front (or Rear) rank. 1120. the front-rank men. 5. At the sixth command. then reverse the hand quickly and attack the right cheek. LUNGE. 5.

8. 2. 3. provided that an outfit of masks is supplied for this purpose. LUNGE. the instructor will command: I. 1124. RETURN. (1. 1 Front (or Rear) rank. Left and right cheek. ATTACK. 1125. GUARD. Examples In Compound Attacks and Single Returns. 2. to repeat the last movement: 1. assault. Front (or Rear) rank. Order. 8. Right and left cheek. Carry. Left cheek. 3. 1128. 5. 2. Examples In Compound Attacks and Compound Returns.) The men are assembled as in the bayonet exercise. (2. To Dismiss. 5. RETURN. the instructor may permit the men to engage at will at the command. 5. Left and right cheek. 4. Examples In Single Attacks and Compound Returns. 4. 3.SWORD EXERCISE. LUNGE. At the sixth command. 1196. 2. 4. LUNGE. GUARD. and the opposing rank will parry. 2. 1. THE ASSAULT. 6. the commands of execution alone need be repeated: for example. Front (or Rear) rank. To repeat a movement. 6. DISMISSED. and movements of the engagement. in order to keep themselves covered: to watch the hand of the opponent instead of his eyes. At the third command. ATTACK. 7. Having assembled: 1. LUNGE. the designated rank will feint and attack and the other rank will parry left and right cheek. SWORDS. ATTACK. 6. 8. at which the men will resume the order. 3. and to attack close to his sword. 1127. Head. GUARD. The men must be cautioned to move the hand and sword as little as possible from the position of guard. 7. the rank attacked will return. LUNGE 5. SWORDS. ATTACK. After careful instruction in all the principles. LUNGE. Right and left cheek. RETURN. RETURN. 1123. 1122. 3. 1. 7. LUNGE. LUNGE. 400 . GUARD. 2. 4.) To discontinue the engagement or assault.

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