Re: [WarOf1812] Militia Flank Companies
- My thoughts exactly! Glad to see that I have tought you something since it is always the other way around!
> 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.
- 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.
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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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