Knuckles as a measure of distance

Discussion in 'General' started by CL1, Jun 14, 2022.

  1. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery

    About four knuckles left of the checkpoint
  2. 4jonboy

    4jonboy Daughter of a 56 Recce Patron

    Golf ;)
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  3. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery

    Ha ha Lesley

    It was in a fact/fiction book re WW2 and caught my eye
  4. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

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  5. AB64

    AB64 Senior Member

    I think the version I've seen in WW2 manuals has outstretched spread fingers, but I have heard it given as knuckles too
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  6. Derek Barton

    Derek Barton Senior Member

    Used both knuckles and spread fingers as an OP Ack to calculate the left/right corrections for fall of shot, although we measured it Mils not degrees. Converted the angle to metres by subtension. " 1 mil at 1,000 = 1 metre", that is for every mil measured it equalled 1 metre for every 1,000 metres between you and the target. E.G. round lands 10 mils to the right of the target which is 3,000 metres away - 10 (mils) x 3(000)(metres) = 30 metres. Order to guns Left two five (we worked in multples of 25 metres).
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  7. SDP

    SDP Incurable Cometoholic

    That's just less than half a 'span'.
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  8. idler

    idler GeneralList

    From memory, the diagrams in the ACF manual c1980 were exactly the same as those in Infantry Section Leading between the wars. Still, if it ain't broke...
  9. Sheldrake

    Sheldrake All over the place....

    Knuckles are a measure of angle.
    Small Arms Training Volume 1 Pam 2 Application of fire 1942
    Target Indication SAT Vol 1 No2.jpg
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  10. Uncle Target

    Uncle Target Turn the page

    Thanks for reminding me, I had forgotten the details of all this. Just dragged out my old file. I passed my Cert A in 1961.
    Went back in 1981 and did my Gallery Range Course in 1984. So its a long time ago. I doubt that I could walk the length of a range now.
    Had some good times with my old mates most of whom had joined up as Regulars. Why I did it for so long I will never know.
    I left the cadets in 1969 joining a rock band and left as an adult in 1998 to do do exactly the same thing, with pretty well the same people.
    Guess I'm just a crazy mixed up kid with nothing better to do.
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