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Imperial Japanese Army Bayonet Fighting Tactics in World War 2
206 pages; 10 chapters, and 6 appendixes
In World War 2, the Japanese Army was not able to stand up against the modern
Soviet or American Armies. Their organization, combat tactics, and especially their
weapons were inferior to those of their major protagonists. The Japanese Army,
however, developed excellent techniques of bayonet fighting which combat multiplied
the efficiency of their obsolete rifles. Since the war, no one from the west has
studied Japanese Army bayonet fighting, although their rifles have been written about
profusely. As Quick Thrust proves, Japanese methods of bayonet fighting were
superior in World War 2 and even today. Any professional soldier, re-enactor, or
military games player should have this small book. By reading it, he will learn why the
Japanese Army rifle, with an affixed bayonet was more than just a rifle.
The Japanese Army bayonet fighting techniques described in Quick Thrust are
useful today, but only to those armies who have a rifle and at least an eighteen-inch
bayonet capable of absorbing the shock of close-in bayonet fighting. The American
M-16 is not appropriate for combat bayonet fighting.
“The Japanese Army infantry soldier was taught that he was the best bayonet fighter in the world. He certainly
had a great deal more training in the use of the bayonet and in close combat techniques than troops of other nations.
The Japanese Army bayonet fighter believed that close combat would dominate land operations. Consequently,
the Japanese placed emphasis on such close quarter fighting techniques in training. Military observers have reported
that the Japanese soldier was given more hours of training in the use of the bayonet than in any other two military
subjects in his education. This training, the Japanese Army believed, contributed greatly to the development of
courage, aggressiveness, and physical prowess, as well as expertness in the use of cold steel.
The ordinary Japanese Army rifle company spent almost half of its time at bayonet practice. An American
company commander who was caught without a training program usually sent his troops out for close order drill. The
Japanese company commander in the same circumstances gave them bayonet practice. Thus, Japanese Army infantry
was afforded more practice with a superior bayonet fighting technique than many other armies.”
Excerpt from Quick Thrust
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