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 Posted: Fri Dec 2nd, 2011 05:43 pm
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From the 1865 edition of the Customs of service:

"The duties of a corporal are simple and depend for their successful performance mainly upon his capacity to control and direct soldiers in the performance of their duty. They take charge of the smaller details for fatigue and police duty in camp and garrison duty: their most important duty is that of Corporal of the Guard. They frequently succeed to the responsibility of sergeant in his absence and should therefore be familiar with his duties."

There is a lot more about how to run the guard mounts and there is another section on leading small recon patrols. So, in regards to your question: take control of small details (like burial details, ammo resupply, etc) and take over when an NCO became a casualty. Hope that helps.

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