Pattern 9 (1.29v.3) is a rather strange one. So strange, that the translator speculates that the cut to the left ear should really be aimed at the right. Here is that translation,
Item, gather for a high stroke with the short edge from the right at his left, but in the air cross your hands and strike with the short edge at his left [right?] ear, as you can see it in the two figures on the upper left in Image C. Pull your crossed hands back up, and strike with a Thwart back from below to his left ear.
I have a speculative video on this from a few weeks back, but I won’t post it because now I think its garbage. It worked really well that one day, and not at all since then.
From the onset, you are asked to gather for a high stroke with the short edge. Why? What possible reason would you have for trying what basically amounts to a Schielhauw from the onset?
Well the most common reason for using a Schielhauw is to break Pflug. Ok, how does that work? Just throwing a Schielhauw to his head when he’s standing there doesn’t make much sense.
But would he just be standing there? If someone is hanging out in Pflug, they are probably thinking about thrusting at you. Especially you go for the head…
Well that’s the ticket. If someone is in Pflug, you pretend to throw a head shot with a Zornhauw in order to draw the thrust. But really you were prepped for a Schielhauw, which is quite effective at countering thrusts.
Going Forwards Again
Ok, so here’s your setup. Seeing your opponent waiting in Pflug, you gather for a Schielhauw.
Your opponent is expecting this, and begins his counter is a way to defeat the Schielhauw. But you don’t complete it, instead you pass your left foot to his right side and cut behind his sword at his left ear using the second or cross-armed Schielhauw.
Aiming for the left ear makes it harder for him to parry. He has less room to work and a weak parry just means you hit him in the top of the head or right ear.
After that you throw the Zwerch to his left while stepping towards the same with your right foot.
But Wait, That Doesn’t Match the Illustration
True, but only if we are assuming that he is using the illustration to show the crossed-arm Schielhauw and its counter. If we instead assume that he is only using the illustration to show the attack, and the counter is unimportant, this fits our narrative.
Normally I am against such a claim, but this isn’t the only passage that refers this illustration. He also uses it for the unrelated Einhorn Device 1, suggesting that he picked this because it was close enough rather than drawing the illustration specifically for this play.