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Bayonets and Blood: Bayonet Adrenalin - Bayonet Fighting
Bayonets and Blood
Bayonet Adrenalin
© 2007
228 pages; 28 chapters
Bloody bayonets, or the spirit of that phenomenon, remain the archetypical
characteristic of the infantry warrior. Of course there are high tech gadgets out
there for making war, but the
spirit of close bayonet combat will always decide
the issue.
Some armies are too far-gone for the spirit of the bayonet to affect
them. The
US Army for example, is busy suiting up its infantry with a hundred
pounds of high tech paraphernalia dedicated not to fielding a better fighting man.
The
US Army’s new high tech donkey is being created so that US generals,
hidden in warm comfortable bunkers, can micromanage every single rifleman. They
want to control the
US Army infantry because they don’t trust them. They certainly
don’t want their soldiers to “get out of hand and commit politically incorrect war
crimes" with
bloody bayonets.
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“In the German Army rifle squad, all riflemen carried the Seitengewehr (sidearm, a bayonet). However, no bayonet
training took place in the German Army in World War II. Even though bayonets could be fixed to rifles, the system
describing how to combat bayonet fight had been removed from the manuals. That training failure resulted in many
unnecessary losses to the Germans. New recruits and some veterans would frequently flee in the face of enemy bayonet
charges.
German hand-to-hand combat occurred when infantry was caught in close combat, something that occurred frequently on
the Eastern Front. If close combat was forced on them, German riflemen would normally use their entrenching tools,
namely a spade, and axe or a pick. On numerous occasions they utilized Finnish daggers or captured Russian daggers
as they grappled in the mud.
Ironically, rifles with lethal looking bayonets fixed to them were a permanent fixture in all German parades. Many of the
men carrying those fixed bayonets undoubtedly dreamed of driving their bayonets into the entrails of Germany’s enemies
and many evidently got their wish
During World War II there are records of many bayonet charges and bayonet fights by German Landser. Tragically,
German infantrymen had to rely on their instinct on close combat occasions and were capable of only bayonet thrusting,
butt stroking with the rifles stock and using the rifle as a club.
In January 1944 a large pocket of six German divisions and over 56,000 troops was cut-off by the Soviet Army's 1st and
2nd Ukrainian Fronts. Just prior to midnight February 16, in a desperate attempt to escape what the German's called the
'kessel' (or cauldron), the 72d Infantry and 5th Panzer Divisions spearheaded the attack from the Khilki-Komarovka
pocket. Grim German infantry regiments with fixed bayonets moved forward in waves. The Soviet defenders were shocked
and surprised as German bayonets broke through the communist first line and continued the attack up into the hills. The
Soviets then counter attacked from Dzhurzhentsy with tanks and artillery. Many Germans, sabotaged by their lack of
antitank weapons, subsequently panicked and began a mad dash for freedom. Soviet tanks and guns caused horrific
casualties, however relief soon came as tanks of the German 3rd Panzer Corps intervened. The infantry breakout force
had lost most of its artillery, tanks and supplies but many of the German units made it to the Gniloy-Tikich River and
crossed to safety. German Bayonets played an important part in that break out as they carved a bloody path through the
Soviet hordes.”
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As is explained in Bayonets and Blood: Bayonet Adrenalin, the
bayonet fighter has no place in the US Army. The spirit of the bayonet
will be found in other, victorious armies. Bayonets and Blood: Bayonet Adrenalin describes the use of bayonets down
through the centuries,
and how some armies have been serious enough to create effective bayonet fighting systems
that work today
. The US Army however, has not been serious about bayonet fighting since the 1920s. Its awkward minuet
of imbalance and grotesque Frankensteinian
imitation of bayonet fighting is precisely described in Bayonets and
Blood: Bayonet Adrenalin
alongside the more credible Soviet system. The highly workable Japanese system is described in
QuikManeuvers’
Quick Thrust. The secrets revealed in Bayonets and Blood: Bayonet Adrenalin are at the core of the
mythos defined by the
bayonet in warfighting down through the millennium of bloody steel. That elemental warrior spirit is
also defined by contrasting
true bayonet fighting systems with the crude imitations thrown together by bureaucratic military
managers only pretending to be warriors.
Warrior spirit of the bayonet found in Bayonets and Blood: Bayonet Adrenalin