An artillery parade is always handed
Over “at ease”. This applies at all levels of
Command up to and including the
Commander of an artillery formation.
However, artillery sub-units, units and
Formations will receive and inspecting
Officer at “attention”.
This practice dates from the period
Before recoil mechanisms when guns had
Tp be run back by hand into firing
Position. After hours of sponging,
Loading, firing and running the guns
Back into battery, the gunners were
Exhausted. Commanders extending their
Congratulations to gunners for their
Contribution to victory granted them the
Priviledge of receiving these accolades “at ease”
rather than “attention”.