Forming Square

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  1. Auld-Yin

    Auld-Yin LE Reviewer Book Reviewer Reviews Editor

    Firstly, may I thank the powers that be for returning OnB to us. In future please keep yer fecking hands off it!!!! :)

    However, the remarks under the Forum Title got me thinking (yeah, I know!!)

    I do remember when we formed square when dealing with Riot Control. The first time I came across this was in training at Junior Bleeders. I was nominated one of the CS Gas grenade throwers and we were giving a demonstration of the Riot Control Square to a bunch of teachers & Headies on a visit to IJLB.

    To set the scene, it was January (might have been February - it was 42 years ago), we were in combats (old style - not DPM), with Boots:ammo, tin topies and SLRs.

    My task was to run out 5 paces in front of the square with 3 others and lob CS at the mob. Ordered forward by the Square Commander and we doubled forward, slinging SLRs and preparing to lob said CS Grens. Now remember the scene - winter/boots ammo. On trying to stop I went arrse over tit as the boots suddenly decided that ice and studs did not mix. A tad embarassing for a 16 year old laddie, although there are compensations as if that had happened at the battalion it would have cost me a lot of beer!!

    So in answer to the question posed by GCO - yes I do remember forming square - if slightly different from Waterloo style. :cool:
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  2. I do hope you remembered to have the Magistrate read the Riot Act first! And waived the appropriate large banner warning that you might open fire.

    RMAS 1972
  3. Did it for real (blush)!
  4. Auld-Yin

    Auld-Yin LE Reviewer Book Reviewer Reviews Editor

    Indeed we did! We must have had the youngest magistrate going (16 possibly 17 years old).

    All done very pukka
  5. <Settles down in chair>

    The smell of wee has returned.

    Good oh!

    Understand that the modern army's done away with punkah-wallahs. No good will come of it, mark my words.

  6. We are back about bloody time too, bloody young whippersnappers grumph,grumph.
    When first enlisted into the legion of maximus chaosticus we formed in a circle! but the bloody greek legionares took advantage of the outer circle, so a square it became.
  7. My section formed square during a night patrol on an excercise in 1979. While crossing a field one dark and foggy night something spooked a herd of cows, which immediately stampeded towards us. We quickly formed square (yes, all 8 of us) and fired a volley of 7.62mm blank. The galloping cows broke ranks and veered past on either side of us. As soon as they were clear we legged it for the nearest fence and safety.

    I don't know about a square stopping French Heavy Cavalry, but those cows weren't prepared to charge home either...


  8. Greeks taking advantage of your outer circle? Well known for that sort of thing apparently.
  9. jim24

    jim24 Book Reviewer

    The reason I asked if members would open fire on CIVPOP in a recent thread is because next year is the 100 anniversary of the last time the riot act was read on mainland UK. In august 1911 the riot act was read in LLanelli and two men John John and Leonard Worsell were shot dead by members of the Army
  10. seaweed

    seaweed LE Book Reviewer

    Here's a daguerrotype of my men breaking a riot - 'No.1 Marksman, one round at the man in the red shirt, FIRE!"


    Bit of Lee-Enfield porn for you there, too. Even if they are those modern ones.
  11. When I was first taught all 'round defence it was on the command "Form Square".
  12. Feck me,the man in the red shirt got around a lot,seen him in Bahrein in '64
  13. Auld-Yin

    Auld-Yin LE Reviewer Book Reviewer Reviews Editor

    Well that's OK then boyo. They were Welsh after all.
  14. Funny I saw the bloke in the red shirt in Honky Fid in '65
  15. I met him in Singapore, Kula Lumpa,and Hong Kong!