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Flat Beer and Cold Pizza Inactive Member24 Dec 2012 1:16 p.m. PST

I'm curious as to when and from whence the current style of British Army close order drill (exaggerated arm swing, foot stamping, etc.) was adapted. I tried my Google-Fu to no avail, so if anyone on these fine fora can enlighten me I'd be much obliged.


janner Inactive Member26 Dec 2012 5:35 a.m. PST

Ah, you mean that odd thing that the Line Infantry and Foot Guards do. I've no idea, but the drill of the British Army's Light Division (now called The Rifles) dates back to Sir John Moore and the Shorncliffe System.

This site claims that 'heavy drill' only started properly in the 1920s, but I've no idea as to it's validity:


Flat Beer and Cold Pizza Inactive Member26 Dec 2012 11:46 a.m. PST

Thanks, janner. That's a very interesting web site.

Oberst Radl Inactive Member10 Apr 2013 1:35 p.m. PST

Here's a Pathe newsreel from the 1939 showing the "New Drill"

No idea what's new about it, though.

Joes Shop Supporting Member of TMP16 Aug 2013 5:00 a.m. PST

Interesting, thanks for posting.


J. P. Kelly

11th ACR27 Aug 2013 4:53 p.m. PST

Or is this the one? YouTube link

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