Even then, it took heroic bravery by the First Minnesota and the 20th Maine to save the day with desperate bayonet charges
against superior numbers.
British volley fire put paid to the French column advance after which a bayonet charge
drove the disordered French from the field.
Neither should the bayonet charge
be the first option unless the assessed threat is low enough to justify it.
Just as Mercer's men fled the field, Colonel John Cadwalader's inexperienced Pennsylvania militia unit arrived on the scene, but they too wavered under the onslaught of Mawhood's gallant bayonet charges
. Shielded by Continental Army veterans and Philadelphia's 1st City Cavalry, Washington, Greene, and Cadwalader rode to the battle front to rally Mercer's shaken troops.
Did Joshua Chamberlain save the day at Little Round Top by ordering a bayonet charge
that crushed his Confederate foe, or did the charge come about quite by happenstance as a result of confusion, chaos, and independent action by subordinates which Chamberlain later claimed to be &his own design?
It was the last Army company bayonet charge
His staff identified Private Tandey as the British soldier who'd led the bayonet charge
against Hitler's platoon.
The bridge across the canal was captured in the early hours in a nine-man bayonet charge
led by Kings Bromleyborn Captain Humphrey Charlton of the 1/6th North Staffs.
One man had taken part in a bayonet charge
forty-eight hours before.
Cpl Wilkinson said: "Mr Owen said we were to attack the enemy's trenches over the crest of the craters at 6pm, making a bayonet charge
and pinching a few more trenches from them.
I can imagine that it takes a degree of courage to lead men into your first bayonet charge
but after seeing the ensuing carnage what qualities do you need to lead them over and over again?
Again wounded, he nevertheless continued to lead his men on, 'nally capturing the position by a bayonet charge