One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Let a rifle hang balanced in one hand and (in Britain) parallel to the ground.
- ‘Whenever entering into the tunnel recruit units had to trail arms and sing ‘Anchors Aweigh’.’
- ‘When the order is given to trail arms, from the secure, it is done on that side, and with that hand which holds the rifle.’
- ‘At twenty yards' distance the soldiers will be ordered to trail arms, advance with shouts, fire at five paces' distance, and charge bayonets.’
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