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Knives: Weapons of Last Resort


US Bowie-style hunting knife at the Tennessee State Military Museum

Bowie-style hunting knife on display at the Tennessee State Museum - Military Branch.

Most American soldiers, sailors, and airmen were not called upon to engage in hand-to-hand combat during World War II, but most servicemen in or near zones of combat liked to have a hand weapon as a precaution.

The knife pictured above is a Bowie-style hunting knife which was carried by Staff Sgt. Cortez Beal, the type of knife often carried by airmen in case they were shot down in a hostile area.


Bowie Hunting Knife with Knuckles


US Bowie knife with knuckles at the Tennessee State Military Museum

Bowie-style hunting knife with added knuckes, on display at the Tennessee State Museum - Military Branch.

The second photo shows a Bowie-style hunting knife with added knuckes, which was carried by General George H. Weems. The display title for this display was "Weapons of last resort".

Information above based on text from museum sign. Photos were taken with permission, at the Tennessee State Military Museum in Nashville, by WW2HQ staff. (Museum uses low light conditions to decrease light damage to the exhibits).





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