Importance of the Bayonet. The infantry soldier is armed with a

bayonet. He relies mainly on fire action to disable the enemy, but he

should know that it is often necessary for him to cross bayonets with

the enemy. Therefore he must be instructed in the use of the rifle and

the bayonet in hand-to-hand encounters. The present European War is

demonstrating the importance of this instruction. If you did not receive

instruction in bayonet fighting at a federal training camp, it was not

because it is unimportant, but because there was no available time to

give it. Any Reserve Officer can well afford to specialize in this


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