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Japanese Bayonet Fighting Manual

Japanese Bayonet Fighting Manual



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Published by Thor Sheil
Drawn from a translation fo the Japanese bayonet regulations as presented in a World War II intelligence bulletin. Illustrated guide to Japanese bayonet fighting. For informational purposes only. Banzai!
Drawn from a translation fo the Japanese bayonet regulations as presented in a World War II intelligence bulletin. Illustrated guide to Japanese bayonet fighting. For informational purposes only. Banzai!

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Published by: Thor Sheil on Nov 10, 2011
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The following is an article from the Volume 2, #5 January1944 edition of the American Intelligence Bulletin. It istranslated from the Japanese regulations on bayonettraining. No other army trained so much on the bayonet.Ironically, the Japanese bayonet fighters did not do wellagainst their American adversaries. Numerous after-actionreports tell of the poor performance of the Japanese in closecombat. Compare the Japanese methods with those taughtto Allied troops.Information of this sort is valuable to the militaryhistorian and military miniature maker, both of whom strivefor accurate information and representation.This article is reprinted for informational purposesonly. Anyone trying these techniques does so at his ownrisk.I
Japanese training regulations dealing with the technique of using the bayonet are presented below. Although reports todate from theaters of operations show that, as a rule, theindividual Japanese soldier has not been very adept atbayonet fighting, all our intelligence sources indicate thatthe Japanese place considerable emphasis on bayonettraining.
The regulations give the following specific instructions forthis position: Face the opponent and look into his eyes.With the toes of the right foot pointing to the right, take ahalf step with the left foot, toes pointing toward theopponent; bend the knees slightly and keep the body straight(see figure 1). At the same time, throw the rifle with the
right hand so thatits weight leanstoward the left and dropsforward. With theleft hand held atrifle above the beltline, grasp the rifle just in front of thelower band. Withthe right hand,palm to the left,grasp the small of the stock, keeping the protruding part between theforefinger and the middle finger. Hold the right fist againstthe side of the hip. Hold both arms in a natural manner,slightly bent. Point the bayonet at the opponent's eyes.
While Moving Forward.
Press lightly with the toes of therear foot and advance forward with the front foot, followingquickly with the rear foot.
While Moving Backward.
Execute in exactly the oppositemanner from the forward.The advantages of these movements are that: (a) balancecan be maintained easily, with the soldier ready for instantmovement in any direction; (b) the knees are not strained;and © both feet are moved close to the ground, and the toesare always in contact with the ground.
b. Basic Thrust
The basic thrust is a movement executed by driving thebayonet in a straight line to any opening in the body from acrossing position of the rifles, opponents facing each other(see fig 2).The instructor gives the command of "Bear Left' from thecrossing position, and the thrust is executed by carrying outthe following instructions:
Figure 2: Guard Position

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