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Bayonet Fighting for War


Bayonet Fighting for War by Captain Leopold McLaglen

A bayonet (from French baïonnette) is a knife, sword, or spike-shaped weapon designed to fit on the end of the muzzle of a rifle, musket or similar firearm, allowing it to be used as a spear. From the 17th century to World War I, it was considered a primary weapon for infantry attacks. Today, it is considered an ancillary weapon or a weapon of last resort.

Today the bayonet is rarely used in one-to-one combat.however, many modern assault rifles (including bullpup designs) retain a bayonet lug and the bayonet is still issued by many armies. The bayonet is still used for controlling prisoners, some authorities have concluded that the bayonet serves as a useful training aid in building morale and increasing desired aggressiveness in troops.


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