Post by rickthelibrarian on Jul 11, 2013 23:31:03 GMT -5
Got this question on the M1903 forum of Jouster:
While reading some background information on the variations of the US bolo bayonets, I read that some 5800 Model 1915 bolo bayonets were sent to Manila in 1916.
Later in 1935, the Model 1913 saber was withdrawn from service. As the 26th Cavalry was issued Both the Model 1911 pistol and Model 1903 rifle but was never issued any Model 1905 bayonets. the Model 1905 bayonet was not issued to these cavalry units. The Model 1915 Bolo bayonet then became authorized issue to the 26th Cavalry just before WW2
My question, can anyone confirm this information ?
Anyone confirm or deny?
I have seen a couple of pictures of PS troops with bolo bayonets, but I never heard of 5800 of them. The Philippines were sometimes a dumping ground for obsolete or unwanted equipment (as well as senior officers), not I never hear of this quantity.
To my knowledge, horse cavalry units were never equipped with bayonets - they had sabers. I also never heard of the 26th receiving bolo bayonets before WWII, either, but has someone heard anything?
Sorry I didn't see this till now. Yes the 26th Cavalry had bolo bayonets. Dan Figuracion and Felipe Fernandez confirmed this. I've asked them this repeatedly back in 2007 just to make sure it's the bayonet that they referred to, and not the regular bolo. It's actually a challenging missing piece of gear for a 26th combat impression. There are no original nor reproduction bolo bayonets available. I saw an original one that sold on ebay years ago for 3k.