In March 1933, Song Zheyuan, one of the five tiger generals of the Northwest Army, led the 500 soldiers of the 29th Army “Big Saber Team” to fight with the Japanese army at Xifengkou, Tangshan, Hebei at night. After the fierce battle, the corpses of the Japanese army were all over the place, and for the first time, they experienced the power of the broadsword.
The victory of the 29th Army and the heroic deeds of the “Big Knife Team” spread all over the country immediately, which greatly inspired the anti-Japanese enthusiasm of the military and civilians across the country. In July 1937, the composer Mai Xin wrote an anti-Japanese national salvation song “March of the Broadsword” in order to sing the praises of the 29th Army “Broadsword Team”, which was widely sung among the military and civilians.
Later, “hand-to-hand combat” scenes often appeared in various anti-Japanese war-themed film and television dramas, and for a long time, there was always a saying that “big swords beat bayonets”. So on the real battlefield, can a broadsword really beat a bayonet?
The answer from the veteran of the Anti-Japanese War was unexpected: 1 squad of the Japanese army can overturn 1 of our platoons.
In the past, it did happen that the broadsword team severely damaged the Japanese army, but most of the related battles were launched suddenly when the Japanese rested at night and were unprepared.
Because the shortcomings of the big knife are obvious:
First of all, compared with the bayonet fixed at the front end of the rifle or submachine gun, the overall length of the broadsword is only about 90 cm, and the attack range is limited.
Secondly, the big sword is very inconvenient to use. If you want it to exert its power, you must slash and slash, and the fighting method is messy. On the other hand, the Japanese bayonet emphasizes the thrust, there are not too many complicated moves, and the attack time is much faster than that of the broadsword.
Furthermore, the wielding of the broadsword is complicated and requires a certain amount of operating space. The bayonet assassination range is small, and the team can be arranged more densely. In hand-to-hand combat, the Japanese often gathered three people back to back to deal with the encirclement of our soldiers. However, we can only face two or three bayonets with a big knife. Unless we have excellent physical skills, it is difficult to take advantage of it. Therefore, it often happens that a platoon is overturned by a squad of the Japanese army.
In addition, a bayonet stab will cause a deeper wound than a large knife, and it is more likely to injure the deadly internal organs. This is also the reason why the army immediately replaced the bayonet to fight after the improvement of my country’s military material supply capacity. And after the founding of New China, we also created a highly offensive military bayonet – the three-edged army thorn. The powerful thrusting ability of the three-edged army thorn makes the enemy terrified.
However, even if the big sword has obvious shortcomings, so what?
At that time, Japanese recruits basically had to go through 11 months of high-intensity military training before they went to the front line of the war. Coupled with advanced equipment and sufficient meat supply, the combat effectiveness of individual soldiers ranked first in the world. On the other hand, the vast majority of Chinese troops are peasants who join the army. They eat cornmeal and coarse grains. They rely on earth guns and earth guns to fight. Hand grenades are almost the only hot weapons that can be made in large quantities. In the end, don’t you still beat the enemy to the ground? Back then, the 29th Army was really heroic. When the commander held a meeting outside, the deputy commander directly prepared a coffin and went to the front line. Such a spirit of swearing to the death to defend the home and the country is admirable!
Therefore, no matter how powerful a country’s weapons are, there is nothing to fear. The soldiers and soldiers who protect the territory and protect the territory, as well as the people, are the real confidence of a country. Salute to all revolutionary fighters and national heroes who shed blood to defend national independence and dignity!