IS BAJONETTE UITGEDIEN?

W. Otto
2012 Scientia Militaria  
IS I3AJ )~E----: J --GE[)IE~? It is sometimes difficult for people to break with outmoded traditions, and this is particularly noticeable in the military world, where today the most modern and technological equipment is carried into battle by soldiers also equipped with a weapon of quite historic origin, the bayonet. During the period of the single-shot infantry weapon, the bayonet formed an essential part of the soldier's equipment, being useful in mounting or repelling assaults at
more » ... ults at close-quarters when it was impossible to reload or bring fire to bear. The advent of the automatic and semi-automatic weapon has wrought drastic changes in the infantry battle, for modern weapons can be used effectively in all but hand-to-hand combat. For the latter, the hunting-knife was found to be more practical than the bayonet by soldiers in Vietnam. It would seem then, that it is time that the bayonet joined other r,e'dundant but historic weapons, appearing only on ceremonial occasions.
doi:10.5787/6-2-857 fatcat:cyu4fa2bpnggtexzq35dcc4jw4