“Square formation (step 1)”
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(c) Emmanuel Roy-Créé à l'aide de Populus.Modifié en dernier lieu le 26.06.2007
The square is a formation an infantry battalion will take be able to stand a cavalry attack. It is usually static (on the picture the figures are “walking”, although they should be holding their ground).
Forming a square, our battalion uses a platoon to form each one of its edges, the pennon’s guard, the drummers, the Major and the adjutants stand in the middle.
The battalion’s square is not specified in the drill regulation. There are two possibilities for forming a square, either form a column or from a line.
The example above illustrates the formation of a square from a column “at half a distance”.
-The column stops and the Major orders to form the square. The first platoon will not move, it will be the front of the square.
-The 2nd and 3rd platoons split in the middle, their 1st sections turning to their right to form the right edge of the square,while their 2nd sections do the same to the left and form the left edge of the square.
-The 4th platoon closes with the square and makes a half turn on the spot.
“Square formation (step 2)”
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(c) Emmanuel Roy-Créé à l'aide de Populus. Modifié en dernier lieu le 26.06.2007
“Square formation (step 3)”
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“Square formation (step 4)”