1887 was an important year with the “German Army Bill” and much sabre rattling in Europe, Prince Bismarck stating in his speech on the Army Bill “We have done everything to induce the French to forgive and forget…… We are bound to maintain peace for this quarter of the globe, but for this a strong army is required”.
MUSKETRY INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE GERMAN INFANTRY 1887 (Schiessvorshrift fur die Infanterie) Translated for the intelligence Division War Office
A facsimile that includes the supplement for the German Infantry for 1887. Musketry exercises were intended to give the infantry instruction in shooting, to make effective use of their firearm in battle. As such the manual shows important details designed to make the infantry soldier battle-ready by the end of his first year of service. Instruction is subdivided into Preparatory exercises; Target practice; Field firing; Instructional firing; Inspection in musketry; Proving the rifle M/61.84 and revolver M/83. Many black powder weapons were still used, mainly for training purposes, up to end of the First World War.