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NOTE This was an answer to a SHORT-ESSAY Question confined to 500 words Question Summarized During the Reforms of the Imperial Army RUSSIAN in 1870s do you agree or disagree with the viewpoint of the Military Academy Elite that The bullets a fool the bayonets a fine lad Answer I highly disagree with the statement The bullets a fool the bayonets a fine lad As the emergence of modern warfare was in full bloom the reliance upon the most elementary weapon in history was not only an absurdity in theory but was a realized nightmare in practice throughout Russian tactics from pre-Russo-Turkish War until almost eve of World War I The regulations covering infantry tactics and as the centerpiece of the war machine all other combat arms was so geared to the ultimate struggle in will and morals that the effectiveness of direct fire was completely ignored Expounding the problem was the reliance upon the victorious outcome of the much outdated cold steel approach Formations were still regulated as either open or closed however the open was utilized more for the approach to lessen the casualties accrued from enemy artillery and upon gaining contact with the enemy force the closed formation was assumed At this point backed by the very ineffectual skirmish company rifle-support the literal running of the blades began as the Russian infantry sprinted in a somewhat-controlled fury to decimate their foe with the bayonet charge In short the Russian infantry regulation called for one possibly two controlled volleys purposely discredited the effectiveness of individual and therefore aimed fire and demanded strict adherence to the importance of an uninterrupted ferocious bayonet charge--thereby assuring both the charges success the battles success and ultimately securing the ever present cult of the bayonet Unfortunately the Russo-Turkish War helped to strengthen this cult because despite the Plevna defeats the overall outcome was favorable to Russia On the plus side albeit at the cost of over
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