Bayonets were the go-to tool for close-up infantry fighting until the trenches of WWI, and some of them are great-looking weapons.
- Fact 1: The Franco-Prussian war broke out in July 1870 as French and Prussian forces clashed over long-standing conflicts and a vacant Spanish throne.
- Fact 2: French Emperor Napoleon III was captured by Prussian troops on September 2, 1870. Two days later, the newly-formed Republic of France renewed the declaration of war.
- Fact 3: In early 1871, a starving and besieged Paris surrendered to the new German Empire, ceding borderlands and building tensions that would boil over 45 years later in WWI.
- Fact 4: In the mid-19th century, detachable bayonets that doubled as sabers or shortswords became common throughout the US and Europe.
- Fact 5: Bayonets are still in use today, but mostly relegated to ceremonial or last-resort use. Troops are still trained in bayonet combat.