in 1800 as the “Experimental Corps of Riflemen”, the 95th Rifles won
immortality during the Napoleonic Wars with the Duke of Wellington in
Iberian Peninsular and at the Battle of Waterloo. Unlike most of the
British infantry of the period, the 95th were armed with the 1803
Pattern British Infantry Rifle, commonly known today as the Baker Rifle.
Shorter than the line infantry’s Brown Bess musket, the Baker required a
long flat bladed sword bayonet to have the same reach in action, thus
from this time the rifle regiments have called their bayonet a sword. Using
the manuals of the time, the Rifles carry out sword fencing exercises
as practiced by the British riflemen before and during the Great War.