In honor of D-Day yesterday, I decided to post this pic of an old EGW fighting knife. Anyone else have one of these lying around?
Actually the third and fourth are the same. The latter one is whats known as a cutdown. They took the longer one which was made for the Garand and shortened it to 10". I've got one of those, and would love to find the long Garand bayonet.Triplelock said:Here are a few more: Top, an older bayonet for the M-1 Carbine. Next a WW-l Bayonet for the 03 Springfield. 3rd down is an early WW-ll long bayonet for either Springfield or Garand. 4th is the
baynet for the M-1 Garand.
Up until the middle of the coldwar our NG and reserves were always given the hand-me-downs from AD front line troops. Lots of pics around showing our NG troops during Vietnam carrying M1 Garands. Just prior to the first desert war was our NG and Reserves upgraded to what our front line troops were issued.Triplelock said:Leighton: Thanks for the heads up on the Garand Bayonet. I knew the bayonet for the Garand was a shorter one later in WW-ll. At the start of that war, soldiers and Marines were still wearing the old dougboy style
helmets from WW-1 and had the long bayonets on their rifles. I'm guessing, but one of the WW-ll vets I worked with, he was in a Texas Cavalry Reserve or possibly National Guard, told me they still had their 03 Springfields and S&W 1917 Revolvers when the war broke out. Before going overseas, to the Pacific, they were reissued Garands and 1911's - So there was a shortage of equipment at the start of the war.
As you say the long bayonets were shortened, and I'm thinking probably during this early period of re-equiping of our troops.
British military issue machete. This is the same pattern as issued during WWII, and survived up into the 1980's. It's function was to be utilized as knife, hatchet, and machete. It never really was good at any, but its better than having no bladed weapon.StrawHat said:Leighton,
In the top photo you posted is a machete with the British Broad Arrow acceptance mark. What is that? I jsut sharpened one last week at one of the markets I work and had never seen one before. Now you show me a picture of another one! It had a nice heft to it and the handle fit my hand well. I imagined it was modified but seeing your photo, it appears to be original.