The bayonet is only used in CQC. It increases a unit's CQC damage output by a non-variable number of 50. For the cost of 2 TP, it is supposedly well worth it. Note that the bayonet will not inflict damage if the attack misses or is blocked.
Useful if you have troops advance, or are keeping them near the top of the map. Keep men with bayonets in front so they can kill Germans in CQC fast. The bayonet makes your men much more likely to survive, and win in CQC. Furthermore, bayonet kills do NOT modify exp gained from melee kills, and so award an astounding 2 exp per kill which can result in a fast levelup.
Keep in mind that bayonets don't help against armored vehicles or troop trucks. Wait until the men get off the truck THEN shank them!
- Fit Sarge with a bayonet and the Close Combat Ribbon for an unstoppable CQC machine (220% +50 more damage!).
- A better idea also could be to strap a unit (preferably fast-moving) with the bayonet, and have him run around shanking infiltrators here and there.
- In a dire situation, arm Frenchies with bayonets and (hopefully) watch them tear apart limbs everywhere!
Bayonets have been used for hundreds of years in major wars, including:
- The Revolutionary War.
- The American Civil War.
- The First World War (AKA: The War to End All Wars)
It is thought that it is the M1 bayonet or the Ka-Bar knife.
All non-vehicle units can fit it, even medics.
Bayonets have been utilized since the dawn of rifling and conferred great advantage in making a rifle more versatile in its use. Its use was particularly significant in the eras of muskets due to their slow rate of fire. Line tactics became more effective than ever as inaccurate weapons could form an indiscriminate wall of projectiles and a spear wall not dissimilar to the phalanx. Multi-Tier Strategies were formed around the bayonet 2 ranks to alternatively fire and form a protective wall of spears during the second lines reload.
Bayonets were commonly used in WW1 as the cumbersome battle rifles used in this era were bolt action and required another mode of combat during charges from trenches. When using a bayonet, it is recommended to stab into the stomach as a thrust higher up may result in the bayonet being stuck in the ribs. In WW2 bayonets were utilized most prominently in the Asian Pacific region by both Japanese and US forces due to the nature of the Asian Pacific combat being mostly of objective hold and capture. During the Vietnam War, bayonets were still utilized by the Vietcong due to their style of guerrilla warfare. Bayonets are now usually of the knife bayonet style that allows the bayonet to act as a knife when detached to a rifle. In modern day situations bayonets have been restricted to ceremonial duties and are being phased out from most modern militarizes as the use of bayonet charges is questionable. However, the US Marine Corps continues to include bayonet combat training in their regime, and the Israeli Military has been known to contain highly proficient users of the bayonet.