September 1917

New Principles of Bayonet Fighting1

Volume 2, Issue 3

ACCORDING to a well-established legend, the weapon known as the bayonet had its origin in an incident of an attack, delivered in 1641 by Basque peasants and smugglers. The Basques, having exhausted their ammunition, conceived the idea of attaching their long knives to the ends of the muskets with which they were armed and easily defeated their enemies through this device. This incident was noised about and led to the creation of the bayonet, which was baptised after the name of Bayonne, where this new arm was manufactured.

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