I wonder if anyone knows why and who's idea it was to start stamping feet in the Army. It doesn't seem to even start in the Guards till the late 1920s/early 30s and even then was quite minimal compared with modern drill. Seems strange that it started at all if you think that it wasn't considered necessary in all those years of Victorian soldiering. No stamping in the Great War either. Same goes for swinging the arm shoulder high. It just seems to have been something that caught on in the Second War and then exaggerated during National Service. I wonder if a particular individual was responsible, like Brittain or Lord. You would think the British Army has been stamping around the world for centuries but not so it seems.