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The new last bayonet charge

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Among most military enthusiasts, the view prevails that the last bayonet charge took place on Mount Tumbledown by the British against dug-in Argentine troops during the South Atlantic War. But I just learned there was one quite successfully employed in the Bosnia-Serbia set-to in 1995 by the French against the Serbs, who had taken UN peacekeeper French soldiers captive by a highly effective ruse de guerre aka dirty trick. The French resorted to the bayonet so as not to potentially shoot their own captive comrades and not only carried the position and inflicted casualties but thoroughly intimidated the Serbs. I'll let an expert military commentator on the correct use and psychological effects of the bayonet do the wrap up. Here is Lance Corporal Jones, of long and distinguished service in many wars with Her and His Majesty's Army, including with "Chinese Gordon" at Khartoum.



John Kettler

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