A Historical Association

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Military Gymnastics - Pre 1850  

Special forms of gymnastics have always been employed in military training. Very early in its modern history, especially in Germany, gymnastics was seen not only as a discipline that lay at the heart of physical education for children, but one that  strengthened military abilities as well as national pride.

Rope climber on belay

Military Gymnastics - early 1800s
Short Climbing Frame, Balance Beam, Horizontal Bars, and Ropes

Military Training
In the late Victorian Period one gymnastic exercise judged in competitions was pyramid-building.  
Here we see its origins

Military Maneuvers with Climbing . . .
military gymnastics
Ropes & Rope Ladders . . . Climbing Walls

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