That engagement is going to send serious ripples through the German ranks as the rumours spread.
Oh Man! He is in for a a surprise...German intelligence had indicated that Britain was being steadily drained of any bodies of trained men. The territorial divisions were being steadily transferred to France, these men lacked the training that made the British Regulars so effective, likewise their equipment was older and often obsolescent, they had performed surprisingly well so far confounding intelligence assessments, assessments that were often drawn directly from the comments of regular British officers. Von Kluck remembered that Kitchener had been damning of the territorials, referring to them as mere amateurs playing at soldiers and a waste of money. There was nothing to do now but wait, hope still played at von Klucks breast but he also had a nagging worry, he was waiting for the other shoe to drop.
Shortly after some German officer picks up a F-H SLR Mauser gets a special delivery and very firmly expressed command to do this but better, and we want 10,000 by Christmas.Yeah its hard to 'like' such butchery. But dear lord that was superbly written. The concentration of 4 MG's would probably be copied and I assume very soon at the office of Farquar-Hill they'll get a phone call.
"Mr Hill...its the Army, they say they want to buy more rifles."
"Oh? What Regiment is after them now?"
"Um...all of them. Its the War Office on the phone right now...something about 'just tell him to shut up and take our money.'"
Actually there was. Practice number 22, Rapid Fire, The Musketry Regulations, Part I, 1909. It required 15 rounds at a second class figure target at 300 yards. Lying with 4 rounds in magazine and one in the chamber, one minute allowed. It was part of the annual classification exam.First class writing.
Trivia but there was no mad minute in the training.
Indeed so but 15 aimed rounds in one minute with two reloads is very rapid work and very creditable but not the classic ‘how many rounds can you get off and hit the (variously specified) target in one minute ‘mad minute’ meme’.Actually there was. Practice number 22, Rapid Fire, The Musketry Regulations, Part I, 1909. It required 15 rounds at a second class figure target at 300 yards. Lying with 4 rounds in magazine and one in the chamber, one minute allowed. It was part of the annual classification exam.