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dc.contributor.authorBennett, Julian
dc.date.accessioned2021-03-31T20:56:28Z
dc.date.available2021-03-31T20:56:28Z
dc.date.issued2019
dc.identifier.issn1574-0773
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11693/76068
dc.description.abstractThe Imperial German Army (Deutsches Herr) was unique among the combatants in World War One (WW1) in issuing to a proportion of its soldiers a bayonet whose blade back was fashioned as a saw. A common belief developed quickly among the Allies that these sawback bayonets were weapons specifically intended to inflict a particularly vicious type of wound. After setting out the origins of this class of weapon and explaining their real purpose, the two main types of sawback bayonet available to the Deutsches Heer during WW1 are then concisely described. Its reputation as a weapon of especial barbarity is outlined, along with an overview of bayonet use in combat between the mid-nineteenth century and 1918, as evidenced by official sources, highlighting the lack of any specific contemporary references to the use of or the wounds caused by sawback bayonets. The article concludes by detailing the contemporary German sources relevant to its withdrawal from service use in 1917.en_US
dc.language.isoEnglishen_US
dc.source.titleJournal of Conflict Archaeologyen_US
dc.relation.isversionofhttps://doi.org/10.1080/15740773.2019.1730074en_US
dc.subjectSawback bayonetsen_US
dc.subjectSeitengewehre mit Sägeen_US
dc.subjectGerman Imperial Armyen_US
dc.subjectDeutsches Heeren_US
dc.subjectBayonet woundsen_US
dc.title"Un engin de torture, une baïonnette à crochets; une arme blanche déshonorée": an historicalarchaeological evaluation of the Sawback bayonets of the Deutsches Heeren_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.departmentDepartment of Archaeologyen_US
dc.citation.spage99en_US
dc.citation.epage125en_US
dc.citation.volumeNumber14en_US
dc.citation.issueNumber2-3en_US
dc.identifier.doi10.1080/15740773.2019.1730074en_US
dc.publisherTaylor&Francisen_US
dc.contributor.bilkentauthorBennett, Julian
dc.identifier.eissn1574-0781


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