and I agree; as a former British soldier, when I was given a sidearm, I just couldn't see the point, but if someone had tried to take my bayonet off me, they'd have ended up wearing it. The symbol of the School of Infantry isn't anything artistic like an eagle, or lightening flashes, it's the current British Army bayonet (and they change the symbol when we change the bayonet design).sid guttridge wrote:
I think both bayonets and sidearms have a role developing military morale and ethos in the British and Americans respectively, just as uniform distinctions, medals, etc., do, but their practical uses are very limited - except, of course, those rather nice wire-cutting/saw-bladed/bottle-opening Russian ones.
What items sum up the spirit and ethos of other modern armies? For example, what one item would a Bundeswehr soldier not want to be parted from?