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Hey all,
Last night, they were talking about the largest Banzai charge of the war (Saipan, I think). There are two seperate shots of dead soldiers, each with what looks like a bayonet affixed to a stick. Not sure if they were pole bayonets or something made up on the spot by troops.
Anyone else see that?

Australian pole bayonet for refrence only! :D
 

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I noticed that too. Passed quickly, but looked to me like a regular bayonet attached to a bamboo pole; but if could have been most any vintage bayonet.
 

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Yes, that was definately a bamboo pole with bayonett attached. I have a picture of a museum speciman from that banzai...got to find it though.

It has been well-documented that the Japanese lashed bayonetts to poles.

-Eric
 

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I fortunately saw it right away, actually they showed 2 of them. At first I thought it was an expedient method of retaining a bayonet on a rifle they were showing, then the second shot showed a pole with a tied on bayonet so maybe the first shot was the same. Either way, it was rather interesting.
 

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When the series makes dvd we will be able to analyze it frame by frame.
 
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