This book has the widest array of international fighting knives ever assembled! Compiled by three of the most recognized names in historical military knives, Knives of War presents detailed line drawings, rare historical photos and fascinating facts and anecdotes about the edged weapons used by both sides during World Wars I and II, as well as contemporary fighting knives since World War II. A number of World War II veterans who used these weapons on (or behind) the front lines in elite units enthusiastically shared inside information with the authors, and it is presented here for the first time.
Of particular interest is some previously unknown information about the U.S. Marine Raider Gung Ho Knife and the Gerber Mark II Combat Knife, as well as a wealth of details on the most famous fighting knife of all, the Fairbairn-Sykes. Among the other edged weapons examined in this book are big knives; knuckle knives; folding and gravity military knives; bayonet and sword conversions; ceremonial hangers; and trench clubs.
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Gordon Hughes was one of the early pioneers in the United Kingdom in the field of researching and writing about military edged weapons. He is the author of Primer of Military Knives, with illustrations by Barry Jenkins, a professional artist, designer and illustrator by training and vocation. Robert A. Buerlein is a long-time collector of edged weapons. His Allied Military Fighting Knives and the Men Who Made Them Famous was published in 1984 and then again in a second edition in 1991 by Paladin.
Introduction - - -1 Chapter 1:Fairbairn-Sykes Fighting Knives, Variants, and Stilettos - - - 5 Chapter 2:Knives of the Allies of World Wars I and II - - - 21 Chapter 3:Germany's Trench Knives and Those of Its Central and Axis Power Allies - - - 35 Chapter 4:Knuckle Knives - - - 45 Chapter 5:The Big Knives - - - 59 Chapter 6:Bayonet, Sword, and Other Conversions - - - 75 Chapter 7:Ceremonial Hangers - - - 83 Chapter 8:Folding and Gravity Military Knives - - - 89 Chapter 9:Trench Clubs - - - 95 Chapter 10:Contemporary Knives Since World War II - - - 101 Chapter 11:Miscellaneous - - -111
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