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I am trying to discover the meaning of the term Bogenschwenkung and its use in battle. Thanks.
About Stabs-Capitain v. Schoeler, 2te: This is either Moritz Ludwig Wilhelm v. Schoeler (Priesdorff, No. 1299) or his younger brother Reinhold Otto Friedrich August v. Schoeler (Priesdorff, No. 1289), later Prussian ambassador in St. Petersburg. I believe, it is the second, since he ranges in the Prussian Rangliste (1806) after his elder brother.
Capitan Schoeler presented a talk before the Militaerische Gesellschaft on the Bogenschwenkung. It was titled, "On the Bogenschwenkung and the Benefits of Using it in Column Marches." It's a detailed discussion that involves an understanding of tactical movement techniques of the time (something which I don't have much knowledge of). You can read it in the Denkwuerdigkeiten cited above by Terry. Hope this helps. Take care and God bless!
Thanks again, guys. I think I'll go back and reread Schoeler's article and see what I missed. He has a complex chart that describes the paces each rank and file takes to make this movement. I'm beginning to think it's just a modification of a battalion turning movement. I'll let you all know. In the meantime, takes again for a nice discussion. Take care and God bless!
What kind of Schoeler article is this? Available in the net?
My mistake. The text references figure 11 on plate IV which is shows a column wheeling on an arc.
Thanks Hans-Karl for the link to the full plates.
seems however that the plates changed a bit, in the 1790 plate you still see the 8 cornered square which did not exist in the 1820 edition.
I agree Hans-Karl. I've searched through a dozen or more works hoping to find some author who would explain how this movement was executed. Thanks again Terry and Hans-Karl for your assistance. Take care and God bless!
I am too stupid to comprehend how this should be done, as for Scharnhorst work, in case you like the plates, visit
as to volume 3
in case anybody understood how this was done, please explain, however I know from memoirs that for example, die linke Schulter vor - was used
I think it might be better translated as the arc, or curve, inscribed by wheeling on a moving pivot, or perhaps wheeling-arc for short.
Thanks so much, guys. I appreciate your responses.
I was studying the works Terry cited and was wondering if this battalion movement (a bow swing) was related to the oblique order or to some other tactical movement. I cannot tell from the discussion and plates in Scharnhorst's Handbook for Officers and from Schoeler's article in the Denkwuerdigkeiten. Your thoughts, Terry?
Thanks again for your assistance. Take care and God bless!
This might also be of interest: "Beobachtung ben der Schwenkung im Marsch." It references Figure 14 in Plate IV, which luckily enough is above the fold in the unfolded plates typical of Google books.
Chuck, it sounds to me more like a tactical (infantry?) maneuver, something like shifting e.g. a battalion in an arc around the ground. Could you please give us the textual context of the term?
This might help:
"Ueber die Bogenschwenkung" from this work.
Probably an artillery term referring to the arc through which a gun could traverse; e.g. 30 degree arc