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Some of the Most Effective Melee Weapons of WWI, The Bayonet Was Not One of Them

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Some of the Most Effective Melee Weapons of WWI, The Bayonet Was Not One of Them

By William Mclaughlin WWI was a terrifying fusion of old and new. An infantryman might have a slower-firing bolt action rifle, or he could find himself behind a rapid-firing Maxim gun. Mazes of trenches that ran for hundreds of miles were the setting of a lot of fighting. Trenches could be filled with gas, soaked and muddy, or partially collapsed by artillery. This made for frantic close-quarters-combat. In these confines and situations of overwhelming charges of men, melee weapons became extremely effective. A somewhat surprising fact is that the least preferred melee weapon was the bayonet, a knife attached to...

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