U. S. NAVAL INSTITUTE, ANNAPOLIS, MD.
SABRE AND BAYONET
By Civil Engineer A. C. Cunningham, U. S. Navy.
Until within a couple of years the sabre and bayonet had become to be regarded in the United States Service as practically obsolete weapons. Probably their estimated value as weapons reached its lowest ebb during the Boer War, for in that conflict the Boers were not only seldom within hand reach, but seldom even in plain sight.
A tendency to underestimate the sabre and bayonet in the United States is a natural one. For many years our only conflicts were with hostile Indians who were so successful in evading personal encounter that the sabre and bayonet came to seem encumbrances. Improvement in firearms has been the strongest argument against hand to hand weapons, for with increased rapidity and accuracy of fire it has become almost suicidal to venture into the open when near the enemy.