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Re: [WarOf1812] Re: Right about face/left about face

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  • Chewie
    Jim I am not sure if this helps , but the first thing that springs to mind is regarding :- after port arms , I would rather Left About Face than right . But
    Message 1 of 5 , Mar 6, 2001
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      Jim
      I am not sure if this helps , but the first thing that springs to mind is regarding :-
      after port arms , I would rather Left About Face than right .
      But other than that , I do not know of any reason .

      Chewie
      unit commander
      Dirty Half Hundred
      " not a good looking bunch , but devilish steady"
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      From: yawors1@...
      To: WarOf1812@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Wednesday, March 07, 2001 1:18 AM
      Subject: [WarOf1812] Re: Right about face/left about face



      A question for the drill specialists:

      The British Napoleonic drill provides for doing "about turns" both to the
      right, and to the left. I stand to be corrected, but at some point after
      our time period, the "left about turn" was abandoned, and the command now
      is 'right about turn', or just "about turn", either way, it is always with
      a clockwise spin...

      Having executed both commands numerous times, there seems to be little to
      chose between them - if done properly, it seems to me you end up in exactly
      the same position whichever rotational direction is utilised... I didn't
      find either particularly harder to do than the other... and I am wondering
      if the 'left about turn' was abandoned just because there was no need for
      it...

      So I'm wondering if there are any practical advantages to either the left
      or right about turn, and therefore if there is any point in teaching the
      left about turn to our new recruits...

      Jim
      1/41st



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    • Scott Jeznach
      ... Jim: My one comment regarding about turns would be since most men are right-handed, they are more comfortable turning to the dominant side. This takes
      Message 2 of 5 , Mar 7, 2001
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        > So I'm wondering if there are any practical advantages to either the left
        > or right about turn, and therefore if there is any point in teaching the
        > left about turn to our new recruits...
        >
        > Jim
        > 1/41st

        Jim:

        My one comment regarding about turns would be since most men are
        right-handed, they are more comfortable turning to the dominant side. This
        takes less concious effort.

        Scott J.
        Royal Marines
      • IX Regiment
        This was my sergeant s comment! ... I have long since abandoned teaching the left about face, as unnecessary and also more kit gets tangled up. M -- IX
        Message 3 of 5 , Mar 7, 2001
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          This was my sergeant's comment!

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          I have long since abandoned teaching the left about face, as unnecessary and
          also more kit gets tangled up.

          M
          --
          IX Regiment
        • dis.general@sympatico.ca
          Quick message on this topic. The left about face was pretty well ignored in line drill. It s only purpose is in retiring while skirmishing. While paired up,
          Message 4 of 5 , Mar 24, 2001
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            Quick message on this topic. The left about face was pretty well
            ignored in line drill. It's only purpose is in retiring while
            skirmishing. While paired up, if the front rank fired and retired to
            the right about he turn towards the rear ranker who is closely
            right/rear and can create a situation. Left about or away from the
            rear ranker is the safe way to go.

            OT: Saw your post Ray. Thanks for your compliments on the website.
            Hope to expand it more but need time. Presently have over 1200 e-
            mails to answer.... Good luck in your research.

            Robert
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