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Scout Decoy

SCOUT DECOY

 Copyright 2015 © Ron Marshall, 85 X 137 cm oil

 This scout is part of a small reconnoitring patrol detached from the main force to locate enemy positions. He is cantering, seemingly leisurely across open ground. The business of scouting is primarily observation, and in a potentially hostile environment can be very dangerous. It requires stealth and concealment in order to remain unobserved by the enemy, so why would this Scout be out in the open?

Scout Patrols advance by successive movements from one point of observation to another. While halted the Scouts select the next position and the most covered approach. If there is no other way than by crossing clear open ground, one or two do so quickly, making for different points, the rest remaining concealed until their mates signal “All clear."

However there were times when Scouts were sent out to suspected enemy positions - for the sole purpose of drawing enemy fire. This dangerous manoeuvre is used when it is impossible or impractical to ascertain the presence or position of an enemy in any way, other than to tempt the enemy into disclosing themselves by opening fire. While a portion of the Patrol remain observing in concealment, one Scout rides unconcealed from point to point, thus indicating to the enemy his probable path for some distance ahead. This is usually effective in drawing enemy fire, as the temptation to open fire is usually too great, and thus the enemy reveals his position to the observers.

When suddenly fired upon the Scout retires under the nearest suitable cover. Calm nerves, sharp eyes, quick wit and a speedy horse are vital. Once the enemy are located, or have disclosed themselves by opening fire, the immediate purpose of this manoeuvre has been fulfilled. The rest of the Scout Patrol will have been keenly observing the direction and amount of enemy fire. If it is ascertained that a group of enemy Scouts are firing, the Patrol will capture or disable them if the chance occurs. Otherwise the result is reported and acted upon by the Troop, Squadron ,or Regiment, depending upon the situation.

http://alh-research.tripod.com/Light_Horse/index.blog/1975827/brigade-scouts-scouting-or-protective-and-tactical-reconnaissance-by-frederick-allan-dove/

http://www.lighthorse.org.au/personal-histories/personal-histories-boer-war-ww1-1/personal-histories-edward-henry-runn

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I picked up the print today from our nosy small town postal worker. "What did you get from Australia?" she asked. When I remarked that it was a print of the Australian Light Horse in WWI all that generated was a very puzzled look.
In any event the print is absolutely gorgeous . . . better "in person" than on the website! Thanks so much for sending it out so fast. Now I've got to make some wall space available . . .
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Dear Mr. Marshall,

Your print on canvas "The Charge" was given to me at my retirement dinner by my officers of the Special Operations Component, Coral Springs Police Department in Coral Springs, Florida. Trully stunning rendition which captures the excitement of the moment while conveying a warmth of comeradeship to the end. It will hang in my study above my collection of King and Country Lighthorsemen collectibles.

I served 35 years with Coral Springs Police Department with the last four years as Captain of the S.O.C. which is 26 officers strong with various units (Tactical & Gang, K-9, Bikes and Substations).

Your painting made my day, thank you, F McK.