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Posted: August 16 2011 at 1:12pm | IP Logged
Contrary to the general notion, which is based on inferences
from military jargon about “attacking with the bayonet,”
the bomb and not the bayonet stood out as the instrument of
hand-to-hand fighting in the Great War.
The influence of the bayonet lay chiefly in the dread which it aroused
when employed in an overwhelming attack; but it was used mainly against unresisting men.
The instrument-above all others-of heroic combat,
when the two sides stood face to face under equal conditions
and fought it out as men, was the bomb-seconded by the rifle or the light machine-gun.
Trench warfare (clearing) was all about Grenades (Bombs).
This is a classic print still valid today
(clearing large buildings or a defensive position).
The grenade is under utilised in modern warfare.
The Greatest Grenade Battle of War WW 1 Occurred on the
Pozieres Heights on the night of 26-27 July 1916.
Lasting for 12 1/2 hours without a break the Australians,
with British support, exchanged Grenades with the Germans
using Stick, Cricket Ball, Egg Bombs & Rifle Grenades.
The allied contingent alone threw some 15,000 bombs during the night.
The Germans a similar amount. Many grenadiers were killed,
while others simply fell down due to complete exhaustion from throwing Bombs.
Further information is available at the Australian War Memorial Site.
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