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The Windflower's Story
One day a little Windflower growing in a garden hear...

Water
Fill your canteen each evening, as the water wagons s...

Machine Guns
Before the present European War, machine guns were cl...

When Jack Frost Was Young
Not that he is old now, for Jack is a snappy, bright...

The Advance
The advance of a company into an engagement whether f...

Physical Exercise
The greatest problem you will have to solve will be t...

Quick Time
Being at a halt, to march forward in quick time: 1. F...

Signals And Codes
1. GENERAL SERVICE CODE. (INTERNATIONAL MORSE CODE.) ...

Shelter
When troops are sheltered under canvas (in tents), th...

Requisites Of A Good Defensive Position
If you were looking for a good defensive position, wh...





SCHOOL OF THE SQUAD




Alignments
To align the squad, the base file or files having been established: 1. Right (left), 2. DRESS, 3. FRONT. At the command dress, all men place the left hand upon the hip (whether dressing to the right or left); each man, except the ...

Close Order Drills
For several days after reporting you will undergo many hours of close order drill. You will ask yourself, Why is all this mental and physical strain necessary when these exercises are not used in battle? The answer is: they are disc...

To Deploy As Skirmishers
Being in any formation, assembled: 1. As skirmishers, 2. MARCH. The corporal places himself in front of the squad, if not already there. Moving at a run, the men place themselves abreast of the corporal at half-pace intervals. Nos...

To Increase Or Diminish Intervals
If assembled, and it is desired to deploy at greater than the normal interval; or if deployed, and it is desired to increase or decrease the interval: 1. As skirmishers, (so many) paces, 2. MARCH. Intervals are taken at the indica...

To Load
Being in line or skirmish line at halt: 1. With dummy (blank or ball) cartridges, 2. LOAD. At the command load each front-rank man or skirmisher faces half right and carries the right foot to the right, about 1 foot, to such posit...

Definitions
Deploy. To extend the front. A squad deploys when it goes As skirmishers. A company likewise deploys when it goes from column into line. File. Two men, the front rank man and the corresponding man in the rear rank. The front rank...

Loadings And Firings
The commands for loading and firing are the same whether standing, kneeling, or lying down. The firings are always executed at a halt. When kneeling or lying down in double rank, the rear rank does not load, aim, or fire. The i...

To Follow The Corporal
Being assembled or deployed, to march the squad without unnecessary commands, the corporal places himself in front of it and commands: FOLLOW ME. If in line or skirmish line, No. 2 of the front rank follows in the track of the corp...

The Oblique March
For the instruction of recruits, the squad being in column or correctly aligned, the instructor causes the squad to face half right (or half left), points out to the men their relative positions, and explains that these are to be ma...

To Dismiss The Squad
Being at a halt: 1. Inspection, 2. ARMS, 3. Port, 4. ARMS, 5. DISMISSED. Make a point of becoming sufficiently familiar with the different parts of the rifle to obey the following general rules governing the manual. The followi...