Right hand salute?

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Post by cybercat » 07 Sep 2003 03:44

The British Army has the palm outwards salute as a sign of loyalty. With the palm outwards a weapon such as a blade cannot be concealed in the hand.

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Post by Jeremy Chan » 07 Sep 2003 08:00

Thanks guys! We too use the British salute here, arm sweeping upwards and palm in front of the cap peak. You could get in trouble for using the 'American' salute here :P :)

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insulting

Post by Matt Gibbs » 10 Sep 2003 23:10

In response to the first post from Chris S you will find in interesting to know a left handshake is not at all an insult, it implying the dropping or leaving of your shield in order to do so.... :o Therefore leaving yourself totally unguarded and vulnerable. It was used by all the warring tribes in african countries by their warriors and chiefs amongst allies to show that they trusted one another. The worldwide scout associations left handshake comes directly from this which was explained to Baden Powell by an African chief around 1898.

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Post by Vesper » 16 Sep 2003 05:13

The salute with the palm facing inwards was adopted by the Royal Navy when the Queen (not sure which one) was offended by being saluted by sailors with dirty hands. Ever since then the top side of the hand has been shown in the salute because it is generally the cleaner side.

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Post by weebobster » 20 Sep 2003 19:51

"Longest way up, shortist way down" screamed the Regimental Sergeant Major......

just cant beat the British Army at drill :D

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Re: insulting

Post by HaEn » 21 Sep 2003 04:39

Matt Gibbs wrote:In response to the first post from Chris S you will find in interesting to know a left handshake is not at all an insult, it implying the dropping or leaving of your shield in order to do so.... :o Therefore leaving yourself totally unguarded and vulnerable. It was used by all the warring tribes in african countries by their warriors and chiefs amongst allies to show that they trusted one another. The worldwide scout associations left handshake comes directly from this which was explained to Baden Powell by an African chief around 1898.

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I don't want to pee on your parade, but the left hand shake was a clever insult to the colonials by their african subjects. The left hand was namely used to wipe your behind and therefor was unclean. The right hand was used for eating and "clean" use. Offering someone a left hand to shake therefor was an insult; in the case of Baden Powel ( a co-inventor with Winston churchill of the south african concentration camps) the chief who told him differentle pulled a capital joke on him. HN. :D

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