Command: “Hinlegen!” (“Lay Down!”)
The soldier places the left foot approximately one
step forward, and kneels upon the right knee. At the
same time he grasps the rifle at the balance with the
left hand (taking it from his right), muzzle of the rifle somewhat raised. (At
about a 45 degree angle). He bends the torso forward
and lays forward flat on the ground, going down on the
left knee, then the right hand, then the left elbow,
which supports the body.
All of these movements flow
quickly from one to the other. (Remember! Right knee,
left knee, right hand, left elbow.) The stock of the
rifle, between the upper & lower barrel bands, is
rested on the left forearm (note: the soldier is now
holding the rifle with his right hand). The barrel points outwards
to the left. The muzzle and bolt
assembly may not touch the ground under any
circumstances. The head is raised, eyes looking
forward. The soldier then relaxes.
1. The rifle isn’t taken by the left hand and/or at
the balance of the stock.
2. The proper sequence of laying down: right knee,
left knee, etc. isn’t followed, and the soldier
doesn’t lay down forward.
3. The rifle lays twisted/skewed on the left forearm
and the rifle butt is too far away from the body.
4. The head isn’t raised and the soldier is looking at
the ground instead of forward.
Command: “Auf!” (“Up!”)
The soldier places the balance of the stock in the
left hand, muzzle somewhat elevated. He supports
himself on the right hand, simultaneously pushing the
right leg forward as close to the stomach as possible.
This is done without raising the torso from the
ground. The soldier then pushes himself up from the
ground with the right hand, stepping forward with the
left foot and pushing to the rear with the right. At
the same time he grasps the rifle with the right hand,
and assumes the position of “order arms”. The soldier
||Reibert, Robert W. Der Dienstunterricht im
E.S. Mittler & Sohn, Berlin, 1940. p.210–213
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