Going off topic slightly but does anyone have any knowledge of Drill Sticks being used in basic training, in particular by Colonial troops?
Not talking pace-sticks here, but these drill sticks were more like staves and were held horizontally across the back, by the recruits crooked arms, whilst marching.
The purpose being to encourage 'shoulders straight' in round-shouldered recruits.
I know that they were certainly in use at the Recruiting Depot at Sungei Patani in the late 1960's, but I've not found any sources that refer to their use, or when the practice creased, either in UK (19th cent?) or overseas.