Re: [WarOf1812] Re: Right about face/left about face
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 .
Dirty Half Hundred
" not a good looking bunch , but devilish steady"
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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
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...
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> So I'm wondering if there are any practical advantages to either the leftJim:
> or right about turn, and therefore if there is any point in teaching the
> left about turn to our new recruits...
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.
- 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.
- 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.