Losing ground (a.k.a., Lacedemonian)
with more that one file
"Files to the left, countermarch, every man turning after his leader on
the ground he stands!"
Files to the left (or right) hand countermarch with every soldier turning after
the soldier immediately in front on the ground he stands
Although the animation has the distance between files at
Order, Colonel Barriffe recommends for
this and other countermarches: "The distance for Countermartch is six foot, or open order in
But there may be occasion for files to be as close as Order. Regardless of
distances, weapons are to be held at the advance posture - that is, as out of
the way as possible.