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The earliest sources for bayonet fencing

Postby admin » 08 May 2014 13:03

As far as I know, the earliest printed source dealing with the use of the bayonet (rather than how to oppose it) is Anthony Gordon in 1805. Is there anything earlier? I seems surprising if there is nothing in French or German.
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Re: The earliest sources for bayonet fencing

Postby Megalophias » 08 May 2014 19:18

There is about a paragraph on the subject of bayonet vs bayonet in MacGregor's Lecture on the Art of Defence, 1791.
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Re: The earliest sources for bayonet fencing

Postby admin » 10 May 2014 09:07

Thanks! 8)
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Re: The earliest sources for bayonet fencing

Postby MEversbergII » 12 May 2014 03:45

What's a good source for that?

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Re: The earliest sources for bayonet fencing

Postby admin » 12 May 2014 13:42

I seem to recall that it's in Paul Wagner's book 'Highland Swordsmanship'.
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Re: The earliest sources for bayonet fencing

Postby MEversbergII » 12 May 2014 20:39

Ah, this has been on my wish list a while - guess it is moving to the front!

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