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Author Topic: Presenting the WWI Bayonet Hat  (Read 640 times)
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« on: August 21, 2018, 04:36:52 pm »

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"Invented by a British solicitor named Philip Baker, the bayonet hat was intended to be an extra weapon issued to British troops for close quarter hand to hand combat.  The hat was standard issue field cap common among British troops before the adoption of steel helmets. Mounted upon the hat was a folding bayonet complete with a scabbard. Inside the hat was a built in grip so that the soldier could wield the hat much like a small shield or a buckler."

https://victoriansword.tumblr.com/post/177236520378/peashooter85-the-british-world-war-i-bayonet



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« Reply #1 on: August 22, 2018, 01:49:41 pm »

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« Reply #2 on: August 23, 2018, 06:37:32 am »

FRom the web page linked:

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Unsurprisingly the British Army chose not to adopt the bayonet hat, deeming it as impractical and perhaps dangerous to the user. In addition to the hat a pith helmet was also designed but never entered into production.

Yep. It pretty much figures, though I wonder if the spiked Pickelhaube was ever considered a potential weapon as well. I've always regarded the spike to be just a decorative feature

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« Reply #3 on: August 31, 2018, 12:36:16 pm »

I believe it was to encourage heroic self-sacrifice. A soldier would risk his very life more readily if he knew pigeons would avoid his memorial statue.
True. I couldn't possibly make up anything so silly. Cheesy
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