Napoleonic hand to hand rules?

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Napoleonic hand to hand rules?

Postby Henrik Bjoern Boegh » Tue Apr 06, 2010 12:56 pm

Dear all,

I went to a meeting with my Norwegian napoleonic regiment (sorry, by history we are not allied with Britain :-S )
and was asked if I could ask about on forums what the general rules in other reenactment societies are regarding hand-to-hand and live steel (bayonets and swords).
So, can anyone quote me your rules regarding this?

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Henrik


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Re: Napoleonic hand to hand rules?

Postby Dixie » Tue Apr 06, 2010 7:47 pm

Health and safety really gets in the way in this country, but does keep our premiums down!
Try asking via this site may get an interesting answer :)
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Re: Napoleonic hand to hand rules?

Postby Andy R » Wed Apr 07, 2010 10:36 am

Hi Henrik,

The answer is prety much no and no.

Napoleonic reproduction swords are shite and they bur up very quickly if you do blade on blade stuff.

That, and their actual use on the battlefield is very limited due to the fact that they were generally shooting each other in the first instance - unless you are cavalry, in which case we go out of our way to not hit each other because the swords are so naff.

That said, Boj has my '96 to re blade with a hardened and tempered blade instead of the nasty Injun steel bar that it has currently.

Bayonets go through people - even blunt ones - best bet is to not wave them in peoples directions..!



Let's see now if we have that event in Norway next year :thumbup:


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Re: Napoleonic hand to hand rules?

Postby Henrik Bjoern Boegh » Wed Apr 07, 2010 11:12 am

That pretty much sums up what we are discussing here. Bayonets are bloody dangerous.

Yes, I will here with my regiment this saturday if they've heard rumours of the said event. And in time will urge them to go for it, since it sounds to fit our time frame :-)

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Re: Napoleonic hand to hand rules?

Postby John Waller » Wed Apr 07, 2010 11:27 am

What Andy said. We use bayonets in drill displays but never on the battlefield.


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Re: Napoleonic hand to hand rules?

Postby Marc Middleton » Mon Sep 20, 2010 10:48 pm

Over here, we have bayonets for historical and authenticity reasons but we avoid hand-to-hand combat principally because it is not historic in the broad sense and also it avoids accidents happening. "Steel is not dangerous but the man who has it between his hands is a danger".




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