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  • What is a Caracole?What is a Caracole?
    Introduction The caracole or caracol (from the Spanish caracol – “snail”) is a turning manoeuvre on horseback in dressage and, previously, in military tactics. In dressage, riders execute a caracole as a single half turn, either to the left or to the right, representative of the massed cavalry tactic of… Read more »
  • Five Critical Steps for Veterans Preparing for a VA Disability Benefits ApplicationFive Critical Steps for Veterans Preparing for a VA Disability Benefits Application
    Introduction If you are a veteran who got sick or was injured during military service or your service worsened an existing health condition, you could qualify for Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) disability benefits. VA disability benefits would provide you with a monthly tax-free payment. The benefits cover both physical… Read more »
  • Gear Up for Greatness: Workouts to Elevate Your Cycling GameGear Up for Greatness: Workouts to Elevate Your Cycling Game
    Introduction Cycling is about the power and endurance a rider can harness and sustain. Thus, whether aiming to crush personal records, dominate in races, or enjoy longer rides with less fatigue, targeted workouts are essential. This article explores cycling-specific workouts to boost endurance, enhance speed, and improve overall fitness. Effective… Read more »
  • What is Close Order (Formation)?What is Close Order (Formation)?
    Introduction A close order formation is a military tactical formation in which soldiers are close together and regularly arranged for the tactical concentration of force. It was used by heavy infantry in ancient warfare, as the basis for shield wall and phalanx tactics, to multiply their effective weight of arms… Read more »
  • What is Mixed Order (Formation)?
    Introduction The Mixed Order (French: Ordre Mixte) was a tactical formation originally used by demi-brigades of the French Revolutionary Army and then later by Napoleon’s Grande Armée to great effect. Outline First proposed by the French theorist Comte de Guibert, the Mixed Order could be adapted to be used by… Read more »
  • What is a Herringbone (Formation)?What is a Herringbone (Formation)?
    Introduction A Herringbone is one type of tactical formation (named after the Herringbone pattern). Outline When in a Herringbone formation, the person at the front of the squad faces forward, while the rest of the squad lines up behind them, facing alternatively left and right. The final member of the… Read more »
  • What is Oblique Order?What is Oblique Order?
    Introduction The oblique order (also known as the ‘declined flank’) is a military tactic whereby an attacking army focuses its forces to attack a single enemy flank. The force commander concentrates the majority of their strength on one flank and uses the remainder to fix the enemy line. This allows… Read more »
  • What is an Echelon Formation?What is an Echelon Formation?
    Introduction An echelon formation is a (usually military) formation in which its units are arranged diagonally. Each unit is stationed behind and to the right (a “right echelon”), or behind and to the left (“left echelon”), of the unit ahead. The name of the formation comes from the French word… Read more »
  • What is a Point d’appui?
    Introduction A point d’appui (French for fulcrum), in military theory, is a location where troops are assembled prior to a battle. Outline Often a monument is erected to commemorate the point d’appui for notable battles. In some battles there may be more than a single point d’appui. An example is… Read more »
  • What is a Phalanx (Formation)?What is a Phalanx (Formation)?
    Introduction The phalanx (pl.: phalanxes or phalanges) was a rectangular mass military formation, usually composed entirely of heavy infantry armed with spears, pikes, sarissas, or similar polearms tightly packed together. The term is particularly used to describe the use of this formation in ancient Greek warfare, although the ancient Greek… Read more »

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