Charge for Pike: Where to Hold the Pike for More Than One Rank
|When studying the Charge for Pike posture in Jacob de Gheyn's
1607 manual, The Exercise of Arms, the insightful reader is
aware that a pike division consists of ranks of soldiers and thereby
may puzzle over where is the long pike held by the pikeman in the
following rank, and the pikeman behind him, in relation to the
soldier in front.
The answer: at the right of the soldier in front.
This also applies to the postures Port and Charge from the Foot. (Although Colonel Barriffe uses 'Charge from the Foot,' another term is 'Charge for Horse.')