Categories: SCHOOL OF THE COMPANY
Military Handbooks: The Plattsburg Manual
Suppose the company to be in line.
1. Squads right. The guides go to the left flank.
2. Right by squads. The guides go to the left flank.
3. Squads left. The guides go to the right flank.
4. Left by squads. The guides go to the right flank.
If the company is in column of squads and the command is either squads
right or left about, the guides simply remember to remain on the flank
opposite from the file closers. It is very easy to see that a world of
confusion would be caused by the file closers attempting to move to the
opposite flank during squads right or left about. If the guides are in
doubt look to see where the file closers are and then apply the rule of
thumb: File closers and guides are always on opposite flanks.