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Where did the practice of saluting in the military originate?

 
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03/21/2010 09:47 PM

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Where did the practice of saluting in the military originate?
I'm glad you asked, cos now I'm going to tell you.
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It dates back to the time when men wore suits of armour. It was customary then to raise the helmet visor when talking to someone, especially someone of a higher rank.
When armour was no longer worn, the practice continued as a formality.
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Things you didn't know you didn't know...
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nrg
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03/21/2010 10:05 PM
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Re: Where did the practice of saluting in the military originate?
damn foreigners are so smart. too bad you lack the ethics to bomb your enemies and opt for education instead. I might be typing in Norwegian instead of the other way round. but seriously, thanks for the info.
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03/21/2010 10:24 PM
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Re: Where did the practice of saluting in the military originate?
Actually the practice stems from removing your hat when in the presence of royalty ,but you tipped your hat to someone to show respect if they weren't royalty.

Didn't take long for the movement to be shortened to simply touching the brim with the right hand in military traditions.

This tradition pretty much started after the 15th century

The thing about it being a direct descendant of the days of armored knights is an old wives tale.




P.S.

The only time a knight wore a visor is when riding into battle ( heavy , hot, uncomfortable and the damn things rusted when you wore them ) .
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03/22/2010 02:41 AM

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Re: Where did the practice of saluting in the military originate?
Well, I got my info from a good, reliable source. (A children's encyclopedia)...so who knows..?


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03/22/2010 02:42 AM
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Re: Where did the practice of saluting in the military originate?
I knew that.
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03/22/2010 02:44 AM
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Re: Where did the practice of saluting in the military originate?
damn foreigners are so smart. too bad you lack the ethics to bomb your enemies and opt for education instead. I might be typing in Norwegian instead of the other way round. but seriously, thanks for the info.
 Quoting: nrg 863128


Wow, just wow. The poster gave a absolutely lucid, correct response and you just started spewing total venomous, hateful garbage.

What is wrong with the people of our country?
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03/22/2010 03:02 AM
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Re: Where did the practice of saluting in the military originate?
I'm glad you asked, cos now I'm going to tell you.
.
.

It dates back to the time when men wore suits of armour. It was customary then to raise the helmet visor when talking to someone, especially someone of a higher rank.
When armour was no longer worn, the practice continued as a formality.
.
.

Things you didn't know you didn't know...
 Quoting: ºº



Well that may be the case for the salute used in the US military but I doubt it. My guess is it stems from taking off a hat.

In the grand scheme of things the time period when men wore full suits of armor is fairly short. Also only a fraction of the warriors during this period actually wore a helm with a visor and a full "suit of armor".

For most of the Dark Ages to the end of the Middle Ages a warrior was lucky to be wearing a helmet with chainmail, or a breastplate and some grieves.
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03/22/2010 03:08 AM
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Re: Where did the practice of saluting in the military originate?
More importantly is the position of the hand in a salute and what it means.


Hand flat with palm facing in means you are hiding things.

Hand flat with palm facing out means you have nothing to hide.

Hand with palm facing down (Hitler's salute) indicates that everything and everyone is beneath you.
Free your mind and the rest will follow.

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03/22/2010 03:09 AM
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Re: Where did the practice of saluting in the military originate?
hey OP, your flag icon went from Norway to UK, cool
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03/22/2010 03:09 AM
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Re: Where did the practice of saluting in the military originate?
I'm glad you asked, cos now I'm going to tell you.
.
.

It dates back to the time when men wore suits of armour. It was customary then to raise the helmet visor when talking to someone, especially someone of a higher rank.
When armour was no longer worn, the practice continued as a formality.
.
.

Things you didn't know you didn't know...



Well that may be the case for the salute used in the US military but I doubt it. My guess is it stems from taking off a hat.

In the grand scheme of things the time period when men wore full suits of armor is fairly short. Also only a fraction of the warriors during this period actually wore a helm with a visor and a full "suit of armor".

For most of the Dark Ages to the end of the Middle Ages a warrior was lucky to be wearing a helmet with chainmail, or a breastplate and some grieves.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 922381


Seems like you both could be right. The jury's out on this one.

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03/22/2010 03:09 AM
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Re: Where did the practice of saluting in the military originate?
Hand with palm facing down (Hitler's salute) indicates that everything and everyone is beneath you.
 Quoting: domesticangel



The fascist salute is actually based on a salute used by the Romans.
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03/22/2010 03:30 AM
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Re: Where did the practice of saluting in the military originate?
OK... here is one for you my friend.

Why did American Indians raise their hands showing their palms to people they would meet while traveling?

....I'm glad you asked, cause now I'm going to tell you.

They wanted to see if the person they were encountering had 6 fingers vs. 5. The Nephilim had 6 fingers and they were their enemy.
....and whatever you do, DO NOT CLICK ON THIS LINK... no... don't do it... STOP!!!! I warned you....

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03/22/2010 03:33 AM
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Re: Where did the practice of saluting in the military originate?
hey OP, your flag icon went from Norway to UK, cool
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 922378


what?
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03/22/2010 07:04 AM

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Re: Where did the practice of saluting in the military originate?
hey OP, your flag icon went from Norway to UK, cool
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 922378


Yeah, I've been noticing that. And I finally figured out why.

When I post from my phone, it shows Norway for some reason, but when I am at home, it shows England, which is where I live.
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