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V. A. von Lindenau, Leipzig, 1806

PostPosted: 05 Dec 2013 19:51
by Alex Kiermayer
Entwurf zu einer Anweisung wie das Benehmen eines Cavalleristen, bey Gefechten in zerstreuter Ordnung, in Friedenszeiten zu lehren und zu üben sey (swordsmanship part)

V. A. von Lindenau, Leipzig, 1806

Re: V. A. von Lindenau, Leipzig, 1806

PostPosted: 06 Dec 2013 12:22
by Dave Long
Well worth a look, because (as the title says) it's about skirmishing in open order*.

Von Lindenau wants his troopers to act independently and be capable of single combat, and his opinion on the sort of activities that we usually find in both modern sport and historical literature is summarized by:
von Lindenau (ch 7) wrote:Der Mann, der immer auf der Bahne seine Detail und in Reih und Glied reitet, wird nicht die gehörige Dreistigkeit, welche dem Flanqueur eigen seyn muß, besitzen; sein Pferd wird nicht die gehörige Gewandheit erhalten, und der Reiter wird nicht die Kräfte seines Pferdes kennen lernen.
"He who always rides as part of a formation† on prepared ground, will not possess the proper audacity that a Flanquer must; his horse will not develop the proper handiness, and the rider will never acquaint himself with the power of his horse."

* why do we not have more of these sorts of treatises? Perhaps they're more available in eastern european languages, perhaps light cavalrymen (who traditionally possessed a maximum of dash and a minimum of decorum) were not the most literate of soldiers, and perhaps, if General Lasalle was correct that « Tout hussard qui n’est pas mort à trente ans est un jean-foutre. » (any Hussar who isn't dead by 30 is a -----), there were not many who both knew what they were doing and survived to the point where aging joints forced them to settle for the second best thing and write about riding.
† note that most modern horse sports (the olympic disciplines among them) even dispense with the formation, and only ask that the rider refer to elements which are fixed in place. These are analogous to pells; there is much one can learn from them, but they are no replacement for sparring.