Punch,  57 (1869), 54.

The Soldier's Side-Companion





Military Technology, War, Internationalism, Surgery

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    Begins by describing the new bayonet to be supplied to British soliders, which will allow them to devour animals and cut wood. Presents an extract from a report noting that the new design of bayonet reflects both peaceful and offensive purposes. Punch notes that 'Arms of precision are abolishing hand-to-hand combats' and have 'semi-civilised' the bayonet. Proceeds to wonder whether the 'excessive destructiveness of improved guns' will lead to the 'destruction of war itself', a trend possibly evident in the conversion of bayonets for more 'pacific' purposes. Concludes by suggesting that the new bayonet could be used as a surgical instrument.

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