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Re: [WarOf1812] Militia Flank Companies

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  • BritcomHMP@aol.com
    In a message dated 6/3/2002 4:15:12 PM Central Daylight Time, ... Ah now this makes more sense. They were in effect training companies then. Presumably called
    Message 1 of 32 , Jun 3, 2002
      In a message dated 6/3/2002 4:15:12 PM Central Daylight Time,
      kevin.windsor@... writes:


      > At first they were designated flank coys because they would be called up
      > first and therefore had the best training, equipment and officers of the
      > militia. If needed all
      > other militia units would form up between them. At first this didn't make
      > much sense since it seems like you want a strong centre, but it seems this
      > way you have two
      > strongly drilled companies on each end. It makes it easier to line up,
      > dress etc with the two best sandwiching in everyone else.

      Ah now this makes more sense. They were in effect training companies then.
      Presumably called 'flank' to make them quasi elite without the designation of
      light or grenadier. This being the case, and the fact that the men rotated
      through them make me confident that the plume would be the standard white
      over red battalion variety.

      Cheers

      Tim


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    • Mark Dickerson
      Funny story As part of the light company Royal Scots, we have been doing our best to portray light infantry for the past 13 years (gosh has it been that
      Message 32 of 32 , Dec 5, 2002
        Funny story
        As part of the light company Royal Scots, we have been doing our best to portray light infantry for the past 13 years (gosh has it been that long?). We drill for 45 min every 2 weeks, battalion and light and we still have a long way to go to learn all the bugle and whistle calls let alone the verbal commands. Case in point. I gave the command "By the right, advance in files" and one veteran of 13 years says "What's that, have we done that before?" Which we have, for about 10 years. Oh well. Back to the drawing board. But it was funny at the time.
        Mark Dickerson

        ----- Original Message -----

        These HIGHLY TRAINED specialist troops were first trained in standard
        infantry drill and then, only when they were competent in that, they were
        taught the EXTRA drill deeded for Light work.



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