Flank files

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Flank files the first men on the right, and the last on the left, of a company, battalion, etc.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Flank files the soldiers marching on the extreme right and left of a company, &c
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. flanc, perh. L. flaccus, flabby.

Usage

In literature:

For five miles we proceeded in silence, my Indians flanking the file of riflemen.
"The Hidden Children" by Robert W. Chambers
Three daughters abreast, flanked by two elder sons, formed the first file.
"Vivian Grey" by Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
The rear-rank man of the flank file keeps his head and eyes to the front and covers his file leader.
"Manual for Noncommissioned Officers and Privates of Infantry of the" by War Department
The rear-rank man of the flank file keeps his head and eyes to the front and covers his file leader.
"Military Instructors Manual" by James P. Cole and Oliver Schoonmaker
If however, the flank companies should be present in the battalion, the depth of the column would still be ten files.
"Elements of Military Art and Science" by Henry Wager Halleck
The alignments are executed as prescribed in the School of the Squad, the guide being established instead of the flank file.
"The Plattsburg Manual" by O.O. Ellis and E.B. Garey
The alignments are executed as prescribed in the School of the Squad, the guide being established instead of the flank file.
"Infantry Drill Regulations, United States Army, 1911" by United States War Department
Miles and Sutherland formed the flanking file on the right, the latter being rear-rank man to the former.
"Blue Lights" by R.M. Ballantyne
Files numbered from the left flank by twos.
"Dramatized Rhythm Plays" by John N. Richards
They rode in single file, with scouts in front and rear and on either flank.
"Kiddie the Scout" by Robert Leighton
The prisoners had the head of the column, the mounted ones in their rear, with a file of the mounted infantry on each flank of them.
"A Lieutenant at Eighteen" by Oliver Optic
A roar greeted the black Colonel's words; the entire line sprang forward; a file of Oneidas sped along our flanks, rifles a-trail.
"The Reckoning" by Robert W. Chambers
To march off to a flank by files, or with a very small front.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
In taking intervals, at the command =march=, the file closers face to the flank and each steps off with the file nearest him.
"Manual of Military Training" by James A. Moss
As they are generally tied to the roads, they then file off to the flanks.
"Cavalry in Future Wars" by Frederick von Bernhardi
A file of skirmishers fringed either flank, well out; scouts examined the country, ahead.
"Boys' Book of Frontier Fighters" by Edwin L. Sabin
File by the left flank!
"Cardigan" by Robert W. Chambers
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In news:

In this Jan 31, 1985 file photo, 'Saturday Night Live' actor Billy Crystal, in character as 'Fernando,' center, is flanked by host Alex Karras and musical guest Tina Turner during a rehearsal, in New York.
Rep Anna Eshoo (D-CA), left, is flanked by US Rep Jane Harman (D-CA), in this file photo.
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