"To take your chance in the thick of a rush, with firing all about, Is nothing so bad when you’ve cover to ’and, an’ leave an’ likin’ to shout; But to stand an’ be still to the Birken’ead drill is a damn tough bullet to chew, An’ they done it, the Jollies—’Er Majesty’s Jollies—soldier an’ sailor too! Their work was done when it ’adn’t begun; they was younger nor me an’ you; Their choice it was plain between drownin’ in ’eaps an’ bein’ mopped by the screw, So they stood an’ was still to the Birken’ead drill, 2 soldier an’ sailor too!" - - Kipling.
From our good friend Commander Salamander and his Fullbore Friday blog entry!
"Discipline. Honor. Sacrifice - and steadfast leadership. Do you really know what they mean? How do you know you, as well as the men and women under your command, can do what is needed - and do it with cold firmness? Are you ready for the Birkenhead Drill?"
Read the article to understand what is referred to as the Birkenhead Drill.
The military ethos: 1. Operate as a team. 2. Accordeing to a plan. 3. Comporting yourself to discipline and willingly accepting same.
Read further the history of the 74th of Foot during the Victorian Era.
And thank you Commander.
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