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Traditionally light infantry (or skirmishers) were soldiers whose job was to provide a skirmishing screen ahead of the main body of infantry, harassing and delaying the enemy advance. Light infantry was distinct from heavy infantry. Heavy infantry were dedicated primarily to fighting in tight formations that were the core of large battles. Light infantry often fought in close co-ordination with heavy infantry, where they could screen the heavy infantry from harassing fire, and the heavy infantry could intervene to protect the light infantry from attacks of enemy heavy infantry or cavalry. Heavy infantry originally had heavier arms and more armour than light infantry, but this distinction was lost as the use of armour declined and gunpowder weapons became mostly standardized for armies. Many of the authors that served in various real-life wars (and survived) wrote stories that are at least somewhat based on their own experiences. ... This is a partial list of battles that have entries in Wikipedia. ... This is a list of civil wars. ... . ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... This is a list of missions, operations, and projects. ... The 1453 Siege of Constantinople (painted 1499) A siege is a prolonged military assault and blockade on a city or fortress with the intent of conquering by force or attrition. ... This page contains a list of military raids, not including air raids, sorted by the date at which they started: 1259 Mongol raid into Lithuania 1565, August 26th Chaseabout Raid 1575, July 7th Raid of the Redeswire 1582, August 27th Raid of Ruthven 1667, June 6th Raid on the Medway... This page contains a list of military tactics: // Identification of objectives Concentration of effort Exploiting prevailing weather Exploiting night Maintenance of reserve forces Economy of force Force protection Force dispersal Military Camouflage Deception Perfidy False flag Electronic countermeasures Electronic counter-counter-measures Radio silence Fortification Fieldworks (entrenchments) Over Head Protection... See also list of military writers. ... This is a list of lists of wars, sorted by country, date, region, and type of conflict. ... This list is incomplete; you can help by expanding it. ... . ... There are a bewildering array of weapons, far more than would be useful in list form. ... This is a list of military writers, alphabetical by last name. ... See also the town of Battle, East Sussex, England Generally, a battle is an instance of combat between two or more parties wherein each group will seek to defeat the others. ... Infantry of the Royal Irish Rifles during the Battle of the Somme in World War I. Infantry are soldiers who fight primarily on foot with small arms in organized military units, though they may be transported to the battlefield by horses, ships, automobiles, skis, or other means. ... Harassment refers to a wide spectrum of offensive behavior. ... This article is about the military unit. ... Generally, a battle is an instance of combat in warfare between two or more parties wherein each group will seek to defeat the others. ... French Republican Guard - May 8, 2005 celebrations Cavalry (from French cavalerie) were soldiers or warriors who fought mounted on horseback in combat. ... Armour sucks ass alottttttttttt Armour was also commonly used to protect war animals, such as war horses and elephants. ...


History of the light infantry


The concept of a skirmishing screen is a very old one and was already well-established by Greek and Roman times in the form, for example, of the Greek peltast and the Roman velites. As with so called 'light infantry' of later times in time the term more adequetly describes the role of such infantry rather than the actual weight of their equipment. Peltast equipment for example grew steadily heavier at the same time as hoplite equipment grew lighter. It was the fact that peltasts fought in open order as skirmishers that made them light infantry, and that hoplites fought in the battle line as a phalanx that made them heavy infantry. Motto Senatus Populusque Romanus Roman provinces on the eve of the assassination of Julius Caesar, c. ... A peltast was a type of light infantry in Ancient Greece who often served as skirmishers. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Hoplites depicted on an Attic vase dated to 510-500 BC The Hoplite was a heavy infantryman that was the central focus of warfare in Ancient Greece. ... Look up phalanx in Wiktionary, the free dictionary Phalanx (Greek word from phalangos, meaning Finger) can refer to: phalanx formation in ancient warfare. ...

Modern age

Regular armies usually relied on irregulars to perform the duties of light infantry skirmishers. Later, the dragoons of the 17th century were the light infantry skirmishers of their day – lightly-armed and armoured infantrymen who rode into battle but dismounted to fight. Irregular soldiers in Beauharnois, Quebec, 19th century. ... French dragoon, 1745. ... (16th century - 17th century - 18th century - more centuries) As a means of recording the passage of time, the 17th century was that century which lasted from 1601-1700. ...

In the 18th and 19th centuries most infantry battalions had a light company. Its members were usually smaller, agile men capable of using their initiative, since they did not fight in disciplined ranks as did the ordinary infantry but often in widely dispersed groups. They were also often chosen for their shooting ability and sometimes carried lighter muskets than ordinary infantrymen. Some light infantry units carried rifles instead of muskets, and wore rifle green uniforms; they became known as Rifle regiments. Unusually, light infantry officers sometimes carried muskets as well and their swords were lighter and curved sabres; as opposed to the heavy, straighter swords of other infantry officers. Orders were sent by bugle or whistle instead of drum (since the sound of a bugle carries further and it is difficult to move fast when carrying a drum). Some armies, including the British and French, converted whole regiments into light infantry. These were sometimes considered elite units, since they required more training and self-discipline to carry out the roles of light infantry as well as those of heavy infantry. (17th century - 18th century - 19th century - more centuries) As a means of recording the passage of time, the 18th century refers to the century that lasted from 1701 through 1800. ... Alternative meaning: Nineteenth Century (periodical) (18th century — 19th century — 20th century — more centuries) As a means of recording the passage of time, the 19th century was that century which lasted from 1801-1900 in the sense of the Gregorian calendar. ... Infantry of the Royal Irish Rifles during the Battle of the Somme in World War I. Infantry are soldiers who fight primarily on foot with small arms in organized military units, though they may be transported to the battlefield by horses, ships, automobiles, skis, or other means. ... Symbol of the Austrian 14th Armoured Battalion in NATO military graphic symbols A battalion is a military unit usually consisting of between two and six companies and typically commanded by a Lieutenant Colonel. ... Look up agile in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Muskets and bayonets aboard the frigate Grand Turk. ... A rifle is a firearm with a barrel that has a helical groove or pattern of grooves (rifling) cut into the barrel walls. ... Rifle green is a particular shade of dark green. ... Swiss longsword, 15th or 16th century Look up Sword in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Sabres can refer to the: plural of sabre Buffalo Sabres, an NHL team Sabres, Landes, a commune of Landes, France Somerset Sabres, the name used by Somerset County Cricket Club in one day competition. ... Military bugle in Bâ™­ A French marine bugler at a ceremony in Kuwait City celebrating the success of Operation Desert Storm in 1991 Bugler redirects here. ... A whistle is a one-note woodwind instrument which produces sound from a stream of forced air. ... Bass drum made from wood, rope, and cowskin A drum is common considered to be the oldest musical instrument known to man. ... British regiment A regiment is a military unit, consisting of a variable number of battalions - commanded by a colonel. ... Look up elite, élite in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Discipline is any training intended to produce a specific character or pattern of behaviour, especially training that produces moral or mental development in a particular direction. ...

By the late 19th century the concept of fighting in formation was on the wane and the distinctions between light and heavy infantry began to disappear. Essentially, all infantry became light infantry in practice. Some regiments retained the name and customs, but there was in effect no difference between them and other infantry regiments.

The Duke of Cornwalls Light Infantry was the 32nd Regiment of Foot of the British Army. ... The Durham Light Infantry (DLI) was formed in 1881 from the 68th Regiment of Foot which had originally been raised in County Durham by General John Lambton in 1758. ... The Highland Light Infantry later the Highland Light Infantry (City of Glasgow Regiment) was a regiment of the British Army. ... The Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry was a regiment of the British Army. ... The Kings Shropshire Light Infantry is a former regiment of the British Army, formed in 1881 by the amalgamation of the 53rd Regiment of Foot and the 85th (Kings Light Infantry) Regiment of Foot. ... The Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry was an infantry regiment of the British Army. ... The Somerset Light Infantry (Prince Alberts) was an infantry regiment of the British Army. ... The Light Infantry is an infantry regiment of the British Army, part of the Light Division. ... The Devonshire and Dorset Regiment (usually known as the Devon and Dorset Regiment or just the Devon and Dorsets) is an infantry regiment of the British Army. ... The Wardrobe in Salisbury houses the RGBW regimental museum. ... The Kings Royal Rifle Corps was a British Army formation. ... The Rifle Brigade (Prince Consorts Own) was a regiment of the British Army. ... The Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) was an infantry regiment of the British Army, the only regiment of rifles amongst the Scottish regiments of infantry. ... The Royal Green Jackets (RGJ) is an infantry regiment of the British Army, one of two within the Light Division (the other being The Light Infantry). ... For the band The Rifles, see The Rifles (band). ...

Light infantry today

Today, the term "light" refers to the lower amount of equipment (and hence weight) that light infantry use when compared to armoured infantry (who use armoured fighting vehicles). This lack of equipment means that they have less firepower but are much easier to deploy. Light infantry are used where it would not be possible, desirable or cost effective to deploy AFVs and have the advantage that they can be deployed around the world in days (instead of the weeks it would takes for a mechanized infantry units). Example types include : Mechanized infantry are infantry troops provided with trucks, armored personnel carriers (APCs), or infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs) for transport and combat. ... An armoured fighting vehicle (AFV) is a military vehicle, protected by armour and armed with weapons. ... Mechanized infantry are infantry equipped with armored personnel carriers (APCs), or infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs) for transport and combat (see also mechanized force). ...

Note that in some armies Light Infantry are usually considered as an elite, but in other countries they may be considered inferior due to their lack of equipment. United States Marine Corps Emblem The United States Marine Corps (USMC) is the second smallest of the five branches of the United States armed forces, with 170,000 active and 40,000 reserve Marines as of 2002. ... The Royal Marines (RM), are the Royal Navys elite fighting forces. ... An American Paratrooper using a T-10C series parachute Paratroopers are soldiers trained in parachuting and formed into an airborne force. ... The Parachute Regiments display team, the Red Devils at an American airshow The Parachute Regiment is the main body of elite airborne troops of the British Army. ... The 82nd Airborne Division of the United States Army was formed originally as the 82nd Infantry Division on August 25, 1917, at Camp Gordon, Georgia. ... A US Army UH-1 Huey seen offloading troops during the Vietnam War Air Assault (or air mobile, in the U.S.) is the movement of forces by helicopter or aircraft to engage and destroy enemy forces or to seize and hold key terrain. ... A helicopter is an aircraft which is lifted and propelled by one or more horizontal rotors consisting of two or more rotor blades. ... The 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault)—nicknamed the “Screaming Eagles”—is an airborne division of the United States Army primarily trained for air assault operations. ... Special forces or special operations forces is a term used to describe relatively small military units raised and trained for reconnaissance, unconventional warfare and special operations. ... A Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) is the smallest combined forces unit in the United States Marine Corps. ... The 75th Ranger Regiment —also known as the United States Army Rangers— is an elite light infantry special operations force of the United States Army Special Operations Command (USASOC); with headquarters in Fort Benning, Georgia. ... The Canadian Special Operations Regiment (CSOR) is a highly trained high mobility force that is capable of independent operations as well as supporting both special and conventional operations forces. ... The Special Forces Support Group (SFSG) is a unit of the United Kingdom Special Forces. ... The 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry) is a light infantry division of the United States Army currently serving under the XVIII Airborne Corps. ... Official force name 1st Marine Regiment Other names 1st Marines Motto No Better Friend, No Worse Enemy Branch United States Marine Corps Chain of Command 1st Marine Division Description Marine infantry regiment Readiness Capable of short notice world wide deployment. ... Internal security, or IS, is the act of keeping domestic peace within a country. ... A paramilitary organization is a group of civilians trained and organized in a military fashion. ... Guerrilla (also called a partisan) is a term borrowed from Spanish (from guerra meaning war) used to describe small combat groups. ... Lexington Minuteman representing militia minuteman John Parker. ... Look up elite, élite in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...

Not all light infantry fight for a state military. According to a former FBI agent who was a senior member of the Bureau's counter-terrorism unit, the light infantry of the Shi'a Islamist organization Hezbollah "are the best light infantry in the world".[1] The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is a federal criminal investigative, intelligence agency, and the primary investigative arm of the United States Department of Justice (DOJ). ... Shia Islam ( Arabic شيعى follower; English has traditionally used Shiite or Shiite) is the second largest Islamic denomination; some 20-25% of all Muslims are said to follow a Shia tradition. ... Islamism is a political ideology derived from the conservative religious views of Muslim fundamentalism. ... For other uses, see Hezbollah (disambiguation). ...

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The heritage of The Light Infantry lives on not only in the modern regiment - but also in our counties.
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