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Can a man of average anatomy man be taught to goosestep?! Or does it need a special mindset, joints and coordination? The heels and cartilages must take a real pounding. How long does it take to learn? British & US soldiers could never be taught to goosestep! It would be physiologically utterly beyond even the most ardent Blackshirt or Silvershirt!
The average woman I assume cannot be taught to goosestep!
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"The left leg is slightly bent and guided forward with a straight, somewhat outward pointed foot. The lower leg goes quickly forward, without further raising the knee. The extended stride is spaced a distance of about 80 cm.... the tempo of the march is about 114 steps per minute. It is incorrect to life the advancing leg higher than necessary to attain the length of step, or to set it down with exaggerated force."
While certainly tiring, it was only to be used for very short distances anyway. I laugh how the old movies always have a real slap with the feet are put down, and it's seemingly always out of time with the rate of the march in the movie. It's like they added the sound later, but only had a soundtrack that was too fast for the film, but they used it anyway. Of course, these scenes are in American movies. I'm sure the Germans were capable of recording the sound accurately at the time of filming, rather than adding it later.
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I didn't gave any credibility to that comment without sources, but hearing that it was readopted into the German army from Sicily, wich as part of the Kingdom of Naples was under Spanish rule for centuries and it was like the "training school" for the Tercios wich later were sent to Flanders, it makes a lot of sense. Specially telling is the comment about Cromwell's army goosestepping, since the English Civil War armies imported all the military developments from Europe.
Goosestep must be placed in the broader context of cadence step. Apparently cadence step is an invention of the Romans resurrected with the pike phalanxes of the Renaissance, and forgotten again when pikes were replaced with muskets with bayonets and the old pike drill handbooks were tossed away. Since Naples was a military backwater, is possible that the goosestep remained there as a relic from the former past, to be rediscovered by the Prussians and then copied by the rest of Europe.
From what I have learned, the goosestepping shoulder to shoulder and precise automaton marching drill is a Prussian thing and was not used during the War of Spanish Succession 1700-20.
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"While certainly tiring, it was only to be used for very short distances anyway. I laugh how the old movies always have a real slap with the feet are put down, and it's seemingly always out of time with the rate of the march in the movie. It's like they added the sound later, but only had a soundtrack that was too fast for the film, but they used it anyway. Of course, these scenes are in American movies. I'm sure the Germans were capable of recording the sound accurately at the time of filming, rather than adding it later."
Guess you're not aware of another trick the Germans used to magnify the "terror" aspect of the Heer. German soldiers were issued boots that had a thin bit of iron in the soles - so whenever they performed drill marches, it sounded like the whole platoon was firing. This also negates any need for them to modify their films like the Anglo-Saxons would have had to.
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Exerzierschritt was used for only short distances, not for extended periods of marching. During parades, the commander gave the order, 'ABTEILUNG, MARSCH" as his unit neared the reviewing stand. After passing the reviewing stand, the commander then gave the order, "IM GLEICHSCHRITT, MARSCH," and the unit then resumed the standard marching style. The Exerzierschritt was also used for Wachdienst (guard duty) and by marching formations to render honors to superiors.
This You Tube video from the 80s shows the Exerzierschritt as it was used in the NVA at the großer Wachaufzug in Berlin
Here is another short clip from You Tube that shows a Wachtrupp from the LSSAH in 1936 at the Reich Aviation Ministry performing the Wachauflösung. You can clearly see how they begin with Gleichschritt and then transition to Exerzierschritt, then back into Gleichschritt once the old Wachposten have been relieved.
On pg 183 of "Reibert's Dienstunterricht im Heere" the author has this to say about the Exerzierschritt: (This is my translation of the original German) The parade marching step raises discipline and promotes teamwork within the unit. It is utilized for short distances, in guard duty, while rendering honors by marching units and in parades."
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i guess that the whole footage was taken between 39-41. but i have one question: are these fallschmirjäger goose stepping during 0.57-1.15 ? does anyone know where and when this footage was taken?
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