Non-Pivotal Drill

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Non-Pivotal Drill

Postby rclpillinger » 23 Aug 2016 21:21

Can anybody please explain the difference between pivotal and non-pivotal drill?

Colonel Valentine Baker introduced a new system of non-pivotal drill into the Tenth Hussars in 1865 I think, as a first in the Army. A few regiments adopted it as an improvement but it was scrapped soon afterwards before being re-introduced generally later. He saw it in operation whilst studying cavalry in Austria.


I would like to know what made it better, how it worked, what was the old system like and why, if it was superior, was it poo-pooped in the first place, and took so long to be recognised as being simpler.

Richard
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Re: Non-Pivotal Drill

Postby Frogsmile » 24 Aug 2016 09:57

rclpillinger wrote:Can anybody please explain the difference between pivotal and non-pivotal drill?

Colonel Valentine Baker introduced a new system of non-pivotal drill into the Tenth Hussars in 1865 I think, as a first in the Army. A few regiments adopted it as an improvement but it was scrapped soon afterwards before being re-introduced generally later. He saw it in operation whilst studying cavalry in Austria.


I would like to know what made it better, how it worked, what was the old system like and why, if it was superior, was it poo-pooped in the first place, and took so long to be recognised as being simpler.

Richard


Hello Richard, please forgive that I have no time to read it through and you might be already familiar with this well-known work, but if not I am hoping that it might contain some of the details that you seek: https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=bdv ... re&f=false

This also seems to contain a great deal of useful information: http://onlinebooks.library.upenn.edu/we ... r%20Office

As an example, here is one on cavalry circa 1884 (note pages 36 to 40): https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id= ... 1up;seq=12
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