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David, to his slight surprise, had become an infantryman.
But a cuirass and helmet seem heavy to an infantryman, perhaps seldom training with, or handling, arms.
They were important extra rifles, but being capable of firing a rifle does not make an infantryman.
Whilst sheltering in the first house, the General shot a german infantryman through the ground floor window.
The basic British infantryman, like his French and German contemporaries, was issued with his uniform, webbing and a rifle with bayonet.