Cavalry Regs – What exactly is the meaning of wheeling by 3’s?
Quoting from British cavalry regs – 1799.
What exactly are the meanings of the following lines?
1* “Telling off by ranks”. See below.
Telling off the squadron
The commanding officer then tells off the squadron, by two, or half squadrons – by four or divisions, and places a sergeant, covered by a corporal or dragoon, on the right of each of the four divisions, except the right one. He then tells of each half squadron by ranks, by three’s, and each half squadron by alternate files, right and left, beginning from the standard (exclusive) and telling off to each flank;
2* “Wheeling by ranks by threes”
Division is often used as a general word for whatever part of the squadron the front of the column may at the time be composed of.
The squadron never breaks into divisions of three’s and two’s. When the word three’s, or two’s, is made use of, it always means, ranks by three’s or two’s.
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