18th Century Podcast: Episode 6 British Platoon Exercise 1764

Listen here: https://anchor.fm/cj123/episodes/18th-Century-Podcast-Episode-6-British-Platoon-Exercise-1764-e4afov/a-agvhbh

Summary

I have a special treat for you today! I’ll be reading from, A New Manual, And Platoon Exercise: With An Explanation. It’s a 1764 British Platoon exercise written by Adjutant General, Edward Harvey. I hope to give you a glimpse into the training of British forces during this time period.

Script

INTRO

Welcome back to the 18th Century Podcast, I’m your host Cj. In today’s episode, I have a special treat for you guys. Remember all the way back to episode 1 when I talked about my Virginia trip? Well, when I was at Colonial Williamsburg, I picked up a 1764 British Platoon Exercise Manual written by Adjutant General Edward Harvey. It’s a short little manual, and I’ll be reading it today. I hope this will give you a glimpse at the training of 18th Century Infantry training. When we get into future episodes on certain wars or battles, I hope this episode could provide some context to what the soldiers were doing on commands. The break today will be taken after command 35, and when we come back we’ll get into the last two portions of the manual. If you’d like to read the script for this episode and its citations, go to https://18thcentury.home.blog that’s 1, 8, t h, century dot home dot blog. Type the numbers don’t spell them. Alright guys, let’s get into the manual!

A NEW MANUAL, AND PLATOON EXERCISE: WITH AN EXPLANATION.

OUTRO

I hope this gave you a bit of an insight into the training of a British Platoon in the 18th Century. I do have a treat for you, if you go onto the website, link in the description of this episode, and click on the post for this podcast episode, scroll to the bottom and I’ve placed a video there of someone performing this exercise. I found it off of youtube, and it’s pretty interesting. the script and citations for this episode and all other episodes can be found at https://18thcentury.home.blog that’s 1, 8, t h, century dot home dot blog. Type the numbers don’t spell them. If you’d like to support the show, please share it. I’ve been your host Cj, and thank you for listening to this episode of the 18th Century Podcast.

Citations

Harvey, Edward. A NEW MANUAL, AND PLATOON EXERCISE: WITH AN EXPLANATION.1764.

Bonus! A video of the 1764 British Platoon Exercise!

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