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Baker sword bayonet, 2nd pattern 1801, 95th Regiment of Foot (Riflemen)

Although Baker rifles were shorter than standard infantry muskets they had a comparatively long bayonet (23 inches). This additional length allowed riflemen to meet their musket carrying enemies on equal terms during bayonet fights. Indeed, when fixed with a sword bayonet their rifles had a similar overall length to that of the Redcoats' Brown Bess and bayonet. This was important as once riflemen had finished skirmishing they would often fall into line with the Redcoats, especially when repelling enemy cavalry. To form an effective square it was essential that all the soldiers had the same bayonet reach.

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NAM. 1963-10-147-1


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