Manual of Arms

Infantry

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Battalion Maneuvers

When we form with more than one Company, 1st Company will always be on the right, 2nd Company will always be on the left. 1st Company will always lead 2nd company when marching in a column.

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Column to Line Spacing

It is the job of the Company Sergeants to make sure that sufficient spacing is maintained to go from column into line without mishap.

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Advancing by Companies to the Right by the Incline

1. Battalion, Advance by Companies to the Right by the Incline, March

2. Both Companies will march to the front. 2nd Co. Sgt. will incline the 2nd Co. to the right and Halfstep if needed at the Sgt.’s discretion, allowing 1st Co. to lead the column.

3. When lined up evenly behind 1st. Co., 2nd Co. Sgt. will order , Front!

4. Company Sgts. will maintain proper spacing between companies.

We will not Advance by Companies to the Left, for that would put 2nd Co. in front of the 1st Co..

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Advancing by Companies to the Right by the Right Wheel

1. Battalion, Advance by Companies to the Right by the Right Wheel, March!

2. 1st. Company Marches to the Front.

3. 2nd Co. Sgt. orders a Right Wheel.

4. When 2nd Co. is perpendicular with 1st Co., the 2nd Co. Sgt. will Left Wheel behind 1st. Co..

5. Company Sgts. will maintain proper spacing.

We will not Advance by Companies to the Left, for that would put 2nd Co. in front of the 1st Co..

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By Companies, From Line into Column, by the Right Wheel

1. Battalion, by Companies, from Line into Column, by the Right Wheel, March!

2. Companies wheel seperately to the right, and automatically halt at 90 degrees.

 

We will not wheel from line into column by companies to the left, for that would put 2nd Co. in the front of the our column. Instead, we will perform the following maneuver:

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From Line in to Column, by Companies, in Succession from the Right to the Left, by the Left Wheel

1. Battalion, from Line into Column, by Companies, in Succession from the Right to the Left, by the Left Wheel, March!

2a. (If Wheeling and Halting) 1st Co. advances a few paces and performs a left wheel and after reaching 90 degrees, fronts to advance to the spot where 2nd Co. would end up if they performed a wheel. Meanwhile, 2nd Co. Sgt. Orders a Right face, Front March, and Halt at the location where 1st. Company formed. Then 2nd CO. Sgt. Orders a Left Face.

2b. (If Wheeling and Advancing in Column) 1st Co. performs a Left Wheel and after reaching 90 degrees, Fronts to lead the column. As 1st Co. passes,

3. 2nd Company Sgt. Wheels the 2nd Co. to the left, behind 1st. Co.

4. Company Sgts. Maintain Proper Spacing

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Forming the Battlion on the March From the Column

Form to the Front

1. Battalion, Form to the Front, March!

2. 2nd Co. Sgt. inclines 2nd Co. to the left, and Fronts 2nd Co. when at the proper distance to the left of 1st Co., stepping it out as needed.

3. The Battalion continues to advance until halted.

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Form to the Left

1. The Battalion will Form to the Left, March!

2. On the execution order, March!, both companies will perform a left wheel.

3. Both Companies halt at 90 degrees.

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Form to the Right

1. The Battalion will Form to the Right, March!

2. 1st Co. will perform a Right Wheel on the execution order March, and at 90 degrees will advance a few paces before halting to allow room for 2nd Co. to pass.

3. 2nd Company will continue marching forward, and Wheel to the Right after passing the 1st. Co..

4. After reaching 90 degrees of the Wheel, 2nd Co. fronts to dress with the 1st Co. upon halting.

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Naval Firing Procedure

HM Gunboat Insolent – Two Gun Swivel Firing Procedures revised 03-19-2007

The gunboat has a swivel 4’ from the bow and the removable mount is 5’ from the stern.
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At the command ‘LOAD FORWARD/STERN/ALL PORT/STARBOARD side gun(s)’ from the coxswain, the gunner(s) will perform the following steps:
– 1- Rotate the cannon barrel to a position 90° to either port or starboard. Bow gun can fire in fwd semicircle, though never less than 90 degrees toward the boat. Aft gun can only fire perpendicular to the hull.
– 2- Clear the vent area
– 3- Run the vent brush down the vent
– 4- Cover the vent with a gloved hand (creating a vacuum)
NOTE: The vent will remain covered until the charged is pricked (STEP 13)
– 5- Insert the worm and search the tube ensuring that all cartridge remnants have been removed
– 6- Insert the wet sponge ensuring the implement has traveled to the back of the tube
– 7- Insert the worm and search the tube ensuring that all cartridge remnants have been removed
– 8- Insert the wet sponge ensuring the implement has traveled to the back of the tube
– 9- Raise the back end of the barrel to drain off any excess water from the tube
-10- Take a charge from the storage bag and remove it from its protective container
NOTE: After this step, the aft gun’s aim cannot change from one side of the boat to the other. This would create an extreme hazard to the other crewmen.

-11- Place the charge in the mouth of the barrel while holding the charge between
the thumb and forefinger
-12- Push the charge to the back of the tube with the rammer. Ram as prescribed, being careful not to crush the cartridge.
-13- Prick the charge with the vent pick
-14- Insert a quill into the vent
-15- Gunners individually call out ‘FORE GUN IS LOADED’ and “STERN GUN LOADED’
-16- At the command ‘FORWARD/STERN/ALL GUNS FIRE’
(a) Crew members will lean away from the gun(s) and cover the ear closest to the gun
(b) Gunner will touch the linstock to the quill. (Note that a long-stem (BIC) type lighter may be used for safety considerations in the restricted area of the boat.

ADDITIONAL NOTES:
The coxswain will act as the gun commander/safety officer; it will be his/ her primary purpose to ensure the guns will be loaded and fired safely.
If both guns are to fire, the bow gun will fire first and the stern gun will fire one second later or as directed by the coxswain.
The bow gun will only fire when the firing angle is either perpendicular port to stbd through the nose
The stern gun will only fire when the firing angle is 90º or 270º relative bearing. Firing at any other angle will expose the crew to excessive concussion and blast effect.
The man/men in the fore rowing station must maintain relative firing position and provide station-keeping for the boat.
It is noted that dual gun operations dictate a more rigid conduct of operations due to the proximity of the guns to the powder source and the concussion zones.
Any boat occupant can immediately halt gun operations

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