odd question?

Discussion in 'Weapons, Equipment & Rations' started by petergriffen, May 21, 2010.

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  1. As the title say's this is a bit odd. I was watching a bit on France 24 news about the UK forces in Afghanistan last night, and I noticed almost all the soldiers had "fighting" knives strapped onto vest/ankles (WWII commando/Para's style)/thighs. I had never noticed Brit's wearing them so much untill now, I'm not sure what unit they were though.

    I had only really ever seen that much knifeage in WWII photos/film. Just curious to why it seems to be in vogue again? :?
     
  2. Knives shouldn't be on their chests.

    Don't know why the rise in carrying them though but I know they shouldn't be on your front.
     
  3. Are you sure they werent bayonets?
     
  4. No almost 100% sure they were not, some of them had the bayonet frogs ON and a seperate knife.
    They had various makes and models I could recognise, cold steel, Boker, CRKT's....
     
  5. Its because the RIP has been done with 11 and 4 Bde, 4 Bde has marines in it its those wierdo's that think they will get close enough to use a fighting knife!
     
  6. MrBane

    MrBane War Hero Reviewer Reviews Editor

    Once the crops are up above your head, it's not uncommon to 'bump' into them and a knife can be a handy thing to have, however a lot of the lads go totally OTT on the subject. I'm surprised I've not seen anyone with a sword strapped to his back yet. :)
     
  7. Like this....?
     

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  8. I think a Sam Browne & Sword over the top of Osprey would look very fetching.

    Incidentally when was the last time some eccentric officer went into battle with a sword?
     
  9. Jack Churchill would be most people's tip in the British context. He was however known as "Mad Jack"...

    (see figure extreme right)

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  10. In reply to the OP, I think what you saw was Marines, not Army
     
  11. More allyness than necessity.
     
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  13. As already shown, Stevieni22, it does happen. Because you didn't experience it on your tour, doesn't mean others haven't and won't. I've heard many tales of close quarters contact (20-25 metres or less) in which pistols were used, but in that distance that doesn't rule out charging with a bayonet either if you find yourself with an empty magazine. Reference Lt James Adamson for that.