3-sided bayonets banned- a canard?
- A Google search for "geneva convention" and "triangular" or "three-sided
bayonets" "weapons ban", "banning of three-sided bayonets" "Xth Hague
of 1907of 1907" turned up only these two items.
The first, from the International Red Cross, who have been active since the
19th century in restricting warfare, is by a professor of international law,
the second is from a college newspaper. I imagine the uncredited source for
the second is the college freshman ACW reenactor interviewed in the story. I
can only wonder where the reenactor got his info......probably from another
I'll leave the judgment up to the reader of whether the three-sided bayonet
has been banned by international agreement. So far, the evidence for that
assertion is pretty thin. Reenactment is full of such unproven assertions.
PS How come so many 1812 reenactors carry modern-day blue enamel and/or
khaki-covered Commonwealth Forces canteens?
International Review of the Red Cross No. 838, p. 339-350 by Howard S. Levie
History of the law of war on land
Howard S. Levie is Professor Emeritus of Law, Saint Louis University Law
School, and Adjunct Professor of International Law, U.S. Naval War College.
He is also Colonel (ret.), Judge Advocate General's Corps, U.S. Army.
For many millennia there was no such thing as humanity in land warfare.
(snip)Limitations on the use of weapons
Almost all of the international activity mentioned above has dealt with the
humane treatment to be accorded in land warfare to individuals, civilian
non-combatants and prisoners of war. Limitations on the use of certain
weapons are certainly another area which falls within the scope of
international humanitarian law to be applied in time of war on land. While
the international community has been much slower in addressing this subject,
action to that effect has been taken on a number of occasions, particularly
in the latter part of the present century.
The weapons of the early known period were primarily the bow and arrow, the
sword, the spear and the throwing knife or other thrown object . None of
these weapons would be considered inadmissible if they were used today; in
fact, many of them, like the bayonet, are still used in one form or another
and there has been no complaint that they are inhumane.
The Review, 250 Student Center University of Delaware Newark, DE 19716
Fighting to preserve the past
BY ADAM BRYANT
Like his ancestors before him, he wears black leather brogans that fit
snugly around his feet. On his head sits a dark blue foraging cap with a
Slung over his right shoulder is a wool-covered canteen and a tar-covered
haversack that keeps out the rain. A cartridge box hangs on a sling over his
left shoulder and a cap box and bayonet are attached to his belt. The
flashing brass buckle is emblazoned with the letters "U.S." He grasps a
four-and-a-half-foot long Enfield rifled musket.
He stands at attention in formation, shoulder-to-shoulder with the other
soldiers. All the men in line are dressed in wool uniforms, kersey blue
trousers with indigo jackets, have serious facial expressions, each ready
Bring on the Rebels.
Thus begins another Civil War battle re-enactment for freshman Aaron
Bayonets were particularly deadly because they were three-sided. The Geneva
Convention of 1949 established the ban of all three-sided weapons in war.
The wounds caused from a three-sided weapon require a three-sided stitch, a
concept that continues to evade modern science even today.