Bayonet Charge in Afghanistan

A great story from the MoD proving the age old truth that despite the improvements in modern equipment, courage and leadership will always provide a decisive advantage

Baypnet Charge
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As we all know, they don’t like it up em :)

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October 3, 2012 12:32 pm

At one time I was acquainted with a US Officer who was involved amongst much else in delivering supplies to UK units in Gulf one. Delivering supplies to one battalion of 7th armoured Division before it was due to kick off, he described being moved to silent horrified fascination, at watching hundreds of men sat around, seemingly all sharpening their bayonets.

His equally shaken driver remarked to one of the men

‘Jesus! Don’t they issue you guys with bullets?’

October 3, 2012 12:34 pm

I am sure I am not the only one to remark that the charge was lead by Cpl Jones……..

I bet no one in his unit has said anything about that or taken the piss etc…….

Chuck Hill
October 3, 2012 8:11 pm

Bravo Zulu

October 3, 2012 8:46 pm


SA80’s bayonet is rather good for a cheap blade.

Don’t the Rifles call their bayonets swords or something?

October 3, 2012 9:34 pm

These brilliant blokes show that there is still much to be proud of in the old country, despite the best attempts of the idiots in Westminster.

Long Live Tommy Atkins!

October 4, 2012 12:28 am

Really don’t want to come across as negative, they are all braver men than i, but there was no bayonet charge ! Not the way I read the article, they fixed bayonets before advancing across open ground for sure, but it doesn’t say they actually used them on anyone.

I was amazed to find at the 22 year anniversary get together of my class from HMS Raleigh, that one very quiet and in assuming young matelot had gone across to the bootnecks and won the MC for leading a bayonet charge in Afghanistan !

October 4, 2012 9:27 am

Yes, the Rifles still refer to their bayonets as swords

Dangrous Dave
Dangrous Dave
October 4, 2012 1:26 pm

Just goes to show, that newer tactics merely supplement the earlier ones, rather than replace . . . usually. Not sure that Cavalry should go back to using horses tho’ . . .

October 4, 2012 4:18 pm

For all the obvious bravery agression etc…

I can’t help thinking bayonete charges are just a bit desperate.

Alway reminds me of ‘Don’t loose your head’ when Sir Rodney Effing is challanged to a duel and is offered the choice of weapons he replies

‘Let’s no quibble, ill have the pistol, you have the sword’

Bayonete or ak 47? Hmm let me think…

October 8, 2012 6:40 pm

Psychological warfare, on a very small scale.