Position D: Numbers 1 through 5 move forward one step. Number 5 stands next to Number 7.
Number 6 issues the cartridge haversack to Number 5. When the exchange is completed, Number 6 orders the chest cover closed.
Number 7 closes the cover. Number 6 informs the Gunner that all exchanges have been accomplished.
Number 6 reports: EQUIPMENT HAS BEEN DISTRIBUTED
Satisfied that the crew has been properly outfitted, the Gunner takes command and moves the crew to the gun.
Gunner orders: DETACHMENT, ATTENTION POST ON THE GUN, MARCH
(Gun crew advances to Position E)
Position E: Numbers 1 and 3 advance to the right side of the gun, Numbers 2 and 4 to the left side. Numbers 1 and 2 locate themselves outside the gun wheels near the front edge of the wheel. Numbers 3 and 4 locate themselves outside the gun wheel aligned opposite the cascabel. Number 5 locates himself near the front of the Limber pole. Number 1 through 4 and 6 and 7 will perform their duties of serving the gun from these positions. The Gunner and Number 5 will move about as necessary between the gun and the limber Number 8 will move as required to ensure the safety of the ammunition chest and the spectators.
When each of the crew is in position, the Gunner will direct the loading of the piece. The Gunner will order the further preparation of the gun and its service by the crew. The Chief-of-the-Piece monitors the drill from a convenient position, observes the activities of the spectators and relays the orders of the Section Officer to the Gunner and the cannoneers.
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