Thursday, January 21, 2016

WW1: Trench Clubs












Oh the trench warfare could bring out primal warfare. Bayonet a man. Watch a Hun grab the spike on his helmet and stab your mate with it. Trench clubs were just another element of grisly hand to hand combat of days of yore that still found a place in the mechanized war of the 20th century. Survive a rolling bombardment and then in the middle of the night some bastard comes at you with a weapon from days of yore.

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

Brutal, they could have used swords.

craig said...

Some did have them
http://www.atlantacutlery.com/p-2718-great-britain-wwi-trench-sword.aspx

Anonymous said...

>you will never clear a trench with a Webley revolver and gladius screaming "for the King"

GFC said...

Hand grenades and sharpened spades

Camlost said...

Historically, weapons like this were supposed to crack helmets and shields, right? See the scene with the Witch King at the battle before Gondor's gate.

Pangur said...

Thanks, am much enjoying the ongoing WW1 poasts.

I made this thread some time ago but haven't updated recently:

http://mpcdot.com/forums/topic/7881-a-devil-in-the-drum-world-war-i-literature/

Anonymous said...

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Suburban_elk said...

In close quarters combat, clubs such as those win over blades and pistols (apparently).

The sweet spot between applied force and how quickly = exposed brains.

budk.com/Smith-Wesson-26-inch-Baton-16779

Would you have gone?

"Ok, what we want you to do, is to go brain those guys. Don't ask why, just remember, God and Country and do what you're told or get a bullet in YOUR head (from me)."

I was looking for someone on tv and checked out the pilot for Band of Brothers. The way it started out with the interviews i thought it was a documentary. One of the old-timers related how, of his townie friends who could not go (to WWII) because they were 4H - two of them committed suicide for the shame of it. / wow

But all cred was lost when it went into the narrative and had cast as the hard ass officer whipping into shape the new recruits? who else but of course David Schwimmer. Because we know that is how it was, the likes of him hardening up those townies.

Suburban_elk said...

I my previous comment, the use of the word townie, is incorrect.

Townies are non-urban people who live in the town but not out in the woods or on the farm or the river or up on the mountain there.

The draftees in WW2 were not especially townies. And specifically those who were 4H would not have been townies at all, they would have been farmers.

Townie is still a word in use, as far as i know. It was used in that movie Mud, which is a good flick. The boy and his dad are having to leave their riverboat home because wifey momma bear wants to Eat Pray Love and is selling it and it is in her name and the River Authority grants no grandfather clause, and the boy hearing this cries and says "but i ain't no townie!"

But again, David Schwimmer, hard ass commanding officer? It always has to be most absurd retrofit of all time, more absurd than the one before, until eventually it’s as it never was.

Che Dolf said...

But again, David Schwimmer, hard ass commanding officer? It always has to be most absurd retrofit of all time...

Keep watching and it pays off.

craig said...

Based on what the Easy company veterans said/wrote, Schwimmer did a pretty good job capturing the essence of Herbert Sobel. I was actually surprised HBO let them stick so close to the history.