How I Imagine using the Versetzen at Wide Measure

I selected these images to show how I envision the versetzen working from wide measure as a counter-guard against the four leger (literally camp) used in German longsword.

When I say “counter-guard” I mean a position from which you can safely continue an attack while simultaneously defending against the most probably attacks. A counter-guard is not a ward or leger, if you stay there for more than a heartbeat you’ll give him options.

Parting Strike vs Alber

With the point hanging at the face, the foe in Alber cannot raise his sword without his hands being struck. At the same time, the threat to the face remains.


This takes care of the standard panic reaction. If the foe in Alber uses Kron instead, refer to Ringeck for a response.

Squinting Strike vs Pflug

You start the squinting cut already on the center line ready for a thrust.


If the opponent disengages under your sword, constrain from above and thrust.


This next image shows using Key against Pflug. Key is what the squinting cut would look like if you left the long edge up and pulled it straight back.


Krump vs Ochs

If he does nothing, just thrust to the hands and, behind them, the face.

If he ignores the point at his hands and attempts a Zwerch, thrust between his arm and head to lock his arms in place while slicing open his chin.


If he unwinds the Ochs for a downward cut, again thrust.


Zwerch vs right vom Tag

Here the fencer on the right has already begun to displace the point. Mair suggests the fencer on the left pulls back the thrusts to the other side with the short edge (i.e. the short edge against his blade). If that second thrust is displaced, the third attack is a long edge cut to whatever is open.


Zwerch vs left vom Tag

The point aims at the neck between the opponents head and sword. If the steps forward to cut, step back and cut the throat. If he steps back, then step forward with a thrust. Either way, keep the hilt high to block any downward cut.


Zwerch vs high vom Tag

Here the fencer on the right can thrust to the chest. If he is attacked, he can raise the hilt to catch the blow while cutting to the face.


Again, this time with the sword in a high and forward vom Tag instead of over the head. Note the point ready to impale the the breast between the hands while at the same time keeping the right hand from completing the cut.


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