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1914 Lyn Macdonald


Lyn Macdonald

Published November 30th 1988
ISBN : 9780689120145
446 pages
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There, said Wellington, sitting in the park at Brussels two weeks before Waterloo, and answering Creeveys question about how well he hoped the coming campaign would go, it all depends upon that article whether we do the business or not. He had seen a private soldier of one of the infantry regiments enter the park, gaping about at the statues. Give me enough of it, he went on, and I am sure. (John Keegan)The Mad Minute was a pre-World War I term used by British Army riflemen during training at the Hythe School of Musketry to describe scoring 15 hits onto a 12 round target at 300 yards (270 m) within one minute using a bolt-action rifle (usually a Lee-Enfield or Lee-Metford rifle). It was not uncommon during the First World War for riflemen to greatly exceed this score. Many riflemen could average 30+ shots while the record, set in 1914 by Sergeant Instructor Alfred Snoxall, was 38 hits. During the Battle of Mons, in August 1914, there were numerous German accounts of coming up against what they believed was machine gun fire when in fact it was squads of riflemen firing at this rate. (Wikipedia)