Bayonet Fighting: All Of The Gen

The bayonet is described as ‘the last seven inches of failed foreign policy’. Why is the bayonet still used in combat? Here, former Infanteer Julian Perreira looks at its place in training and warfare.

Even with the advances in technology and ammunition, have you ever wondered why they are still used and how the Armed Forces are trained to use these deadly weapons?

Using the bayonet is not for the faint hearted – it means getting up close and personal with the enemy.

Some may think that the bayonet or swords are reserved to the history books, but they’d be mistaken, bayonet fighting is a tactic still taught and widely used in warfare.