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THE PETTY OFFICER’S

DRILLBOOK

UNITED STATES NAVY
1904
REVISED EDITION

Prepared under the Direction of the Bureau of Navigation



BY
LIEUT.-COMDR. WILLIAM F. FULLAM, U.S.N.

PRICE, $1.25


NAVAL INSTITUTE, ANNAPOLIS, MD.
1904

SWORD EXERCISE.


General Remarks

1092. 1. In this exercise all attacks are made by thrusting with the point of the sword, instead of attempting to cut with the edge. The attack with the point is more deadly, and there is less exposure to counter attack than there is in making slashing blows that alone render the edge effective.

2. For instruction, the men form in one or two ranks facing to the front, swords at the order; intervals and distances are taken as in the bayonet exercise; swords are brought to the order at the. preparatory command for marching, and are brought to the order on halting.

3. In the exercise, the sword is held in the right hand, thumb along the back of the gripe and almost touching the guard, the fingers united underneath, holding the hilt rather loosely.

4 Movements that may be executed In the same general manner toward either flank, are explained as toward but one flank, it being necessary to substitute the word left for right, or the reverse, to have the commands and explanation for the corresponding movement toward the other flank.


THE MOULINETS.

.1. Sword exercise, 2. Moulinet.

1093. At the first command, raise the sword to the height of the right. shoulder, edge to the right, back of the hand up, arm extended to the front; at the same time make a half face to the left, the right toe square to the front, feet at right angles, heels together; and carry the left hand to the small of the back, body erect, eyes to the front. At the second command, drop the point to the. left and describe. a full circle without bending the arm, the sword grazing the left shoulder, opening the fingers to give play to the hilt, and resume the original position: then reverse the hand, finger nails up, edge to the left, and exe
*Note—This Sword Exercise was originally prepared by Prof. A.J. Corbesier, Sword Master at the Naval Academy, assisted by Lieut. W.F. Fullham, U.S.N.
390

SWORD EXERCISE.


cute a moulinet to the right of the body in a similar manner,

continuing the moulinets alternately. At the command: 1.



Order, 2. SWORDS, resume the order.

Plate 149. Art.1093. The moulinet: first position.


THE GUARDS

1. Sword exercise, 2. GUARD.



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094.
The first command is executed as in the moulinets. At the second command, bend the forearm and bring the hand to

Plate 150. Art. 1094. Right Guard

the height of the right nipple and in front of the right shoulder, the elbow free from the body and slightly outside the hip, the point of the sword at the height of the chin, edge to the right; at the same time advance the right foot twice its length. Bend
391

SWORD EXERCISE.


both knees slightly, body erect, the weight thrown a little more

on the left leg than on the right, head erect, eyes to the front.

This is the position of right guard. In the left guard, the sword

is held edge to the left, finger nails up, the hand opposite the



center of the body. (See plates 150 end 151.)


1095. To change guard: 1. CHANGE GUARD.

Reverse the position of the hand, raising the point and draw

Plate 151. Arts. 1094-1095. Left Guard.
ing the hand back slightly, to pass over, and close to the point

of the opponent's sword.


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