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3-sided bayonets banned- a canard?

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  • Roger Fuller
    A Google search for geneva convention and triangular or three-sided bayonets weapons ban , banning of three-sided bayonets Xth Hague Convention of
    Message 1 of 1 , Aug 3, 2003
      A Google search for "geneva convention" and "triangular" or "three-sided
      bayonets" "weapons ban", "banning of three-sided bayonets" "Xth Hague
      Convention
      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
      reenactor.

      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.

      RWF

      PS How come so many 1812 reenactors carry modern-day blue enamel and/or
      khaki-covered Commonwealth Forces canteens?
      ......................................

      http://www.icrc.org/Web/Eng/siteeng0.nsf/iwpList178/114E245DA2286D1BC1256B66005E8ACC30-06-2000

      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 [25]. 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.


      http://www.review.udel.edu/archive/2002_Issues/10.22.02/print.php3?section=3&article=1

      The Review, 250 Student Center University of Delaware Newark, DE 19716

      Fighting to preserve the past
      BY ADAM BRYANT
      Staff Reporter

      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
      leather brim.
      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
      for battle.
      Bring on the Rebels.
      Thus begins another Civil War battle re-enactment for freshman Aaron
      Bradford.

      (snip)

      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.
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