Henry Charles published the ‘Rules and regulations for the infantry sword exercise’, which was adopted by the Army and made a standard manual in 1817. This shared many features with the Cutlass Exercise.
In 1833 Henry Charles was appointed Superintendent of Sword Exercise in the Army, a title he retained until his death in 1852.
In 1835 Henry Charles published ‘Instructions for the sword exercise: selected from His Majesty's rules and regulations, and expressly adapted for the Yeomanry’. This was followed, in 1842, by the new Infantry Sword Exercise and this was revised by a few very minor changes in 1845. This remained the standard Army reference book for sword instruction on foot for 50 years, until the new thrusting blade type, introduced in 1892, dictated that a new manual be produced (this was the 1895 Infantry Sword Exercise by Maestro Masiello). It is also worth mentioning that in 1868 the ‘Drill and Sword Exercise for Police Constables’ used Angelo’s 1845 Infantry Sword Exercise as a model, simply replacing the images of soldiers with Police Constables in similar positions, the text remaining largely identical. Henry Charles’ Infantry Sword Exercise continued to be republished until at least the 1870’s, and this is the work extensively criticised and referred to by Sir Richard Francis Burton in his treatise of 1876.
Henry Charles also authored ‘Angelo’s Bayonet Exercise’, which like his Sword Exercise became a standard manual used throughout the British armed forces. It is currently unclear exactly when this Bayonet Exercise was first published, but it was certainly in print by 1849. It was republished in 1853 and 1857. This no doubt annoyed Sir Richard Francis Burton, whose own bayonet treatise of 1853 had been passed over by the British authorities.
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