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  • These front-rank men would seem to correspond to our “troop guides,” and the rear-rank men to our serre-files to some extent.

    The Cavalry General

  • The interval between the front and rear-rank men will best be filled supposing that the decadarchs are free to choose their own supports, and those chosen theirs, and so on following suit; since on this principle we may expect each man to have his trustiest comrade at his back.

    The Cavalry General

  • These are to form your front-rank men; 42 and after these, a corresponding number should be chosen from the oldest and the most sagacious members of the squadron, to form the rear-rank of the files or decads; since, to use an illustration, iron best severs iron when the forefront of the blade43 is strong and tempered, and the momentum at the back is sufficient.

    The Cavalry General

  • After that they quietly advanced, and he, withdrawing the rear-rank companies in three brigades consisting of a couple of hundred men apiece, commissioned the first on the right to follow the main body at the distance of a hundred feet.


  • He must master the higher branches of mathematics before he is considered fit to inspect the rear-rank of a company, and know the modern languages before he can be entrusted with the command of a left half-battalion.

    Punch Among the Planets

  • In sight-setting, changing sights and fixing bayonets, has front rank perform operation first (rear-rank men increasing rate of fire) and then the rear-rank follow while the front-rank men make up for loss of fire for the rear rank, thus insuring that the rate of fire for the squad does not fall off.

    Military Instructors Manual

  • The rear-rank man of the flank file keeps his head and eyes to the front and covers his file leader.

    Military Instructors Manual

  • At March, all face to right and leading man of each rank steps off, followed by the others at four-pace intervals, rear-rank men marching abreast of their file leaders.

    Military Instructors Manual

  • Rifles became too warm to be held, and were in some cases changed for those of rear-rank men's.

    Khartoum Campaign, 1898 or the Re-Conquest of the Soudan

  • There were stone jugs at each extremity, the sergeants of the rear-rank of this gastronomic platoon, whose corks had blown out and were still flying in space, while a bubbling white foam issued from their necks and fell majestically over their sides after describing a long parabola.

    The French Immortals Series — Complete


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