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The Guide: a Manual for the Canadian Militia (Infantry)
Compiled by Lt.-Col. W. D. Otter, Commanding the Queen’s Own Rifles (1880) Ninth Edition revised 1914


The appearance of this excellent little manual on the Interior Economy of a Regiment, by the commanding officer of “The Queen’s Own Rifles," lets the reader, who may have no other and personal knowledge of the matter, into the secret of the high state of efficiency of that regiment, and accounts for the cohesion and uprit de corpe which, whatever in the put have been the vicisri-tudee of the Canadian Militia, have always been manifest in “The Queen’s Own” of Toronto. The explanation is at once found in the thorough training and extensive professional knowledge which Col. Otter exhibits in this new militia manual, combined with a personal enthusiasm and devotion to the service, which has long marked him out as one of the best officers of the force to be found in or out of the Dominion. The Guide, which is a compact and scientific manual of a soldier’s duties, is under the following heads: Interior economy; duties; discipline; dress; books and correspondence; marches and encampment; forms; and bugle calls. Under these divisions a mass of most useful and practical information, clearly and succinctly written, is given, which must be of the greatest service to every member of the force. If the Canadian Militia is to be more than an ‘army on paper,’ and to realize the motto of the gallant regiment over which Col. Otter presides—In Pact Paratus—it would be well indeed that at least every commissioned and non commissioned officer of the force should be possessed of a copy of this admirable pocket instructor in the duties of the camp, barrack or field.

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