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By Dwight Jon Zimmerman - July 21, Imperial War Museum photo. It is also there that a number of weapons to meet the needs of special operations personnel were designed. Armed Forces. The smatchet was a heavy-bladed fighting knife designed by William Ewart Fairbairn.

He based his teaching, and the weapons he designed, on experience gained while serving with the Shanghai Municipal Police. The heavy pommel could be used to deliver a smashing blow. It was originally single-edged. Later models were double-edged. The grips were made of wood walnut, oak, teak, mahogany , rubber, or bakelite, and the pommels were either brass, heavy alloy, aluminum, or iron. Scabbards were manufactured from canvas with vulcanized rubber, nylon, black and brown leather, and leather-covered wood.

The smatchet quickly proved popular among the British special operations forces. Anecdotal accounts from raids in Norway , for instance, have individuals claiming that the smatchet was more efficient in killing Germans than their firearms. Part of the reason was that close-quarters combat, particularly house-to-house fighting, better lent itself to knife fighting, where something like the smatchet with its thrust, cut, and club capability would give the wielder an advantage over someone wielding a rifle in those confined spaces.

Some accounts credit Fairbairn with the design of the smatchet. But the most reliable accounts credit him for redesigning it as the Fair-Sword variant for the Office of Strategic Services OSS during his tenure there. Street fighting during raids on Norway was where anecdotal accounts about the effectiveness of the smatchet originated from. In his manual about unarmed and knife fighting, Get Tough , Fairbairn devotes a section to the smatchet, complete with drawings depicting its use. It is hoped that it will soon be adopted by the United States Army.

A possible reason for that is suggested by Michael W. By Dwight Jon Zimmerman. Francis M. Beaudette, Commander, U. Sharing Options:. Facebook Comments 1 Archived Comment. Your source for trustworthy defense news Read more about our mission info defensemedianetwork. Get Our Newsletter Email Address.


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By Dwight Jon Zimmerman - July 21, Imperial War Museum photo. It is also there that a number of weapons to meet the needs of special operations personnel were designed. Armed Forces.


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William E. Fairbairn

He developed hand-to-hand combat methods for the Shanghai Police during the interwar period , as well as for the allied special forces during World War II. He created his own fighting system known as Defendu. Notably, this included innovative pistol shooting techniques and the development of the Fairbairn-Sykes Fighting Knife. The television series Secrets of War suggested him as a possible inspiration for Q branch in James Bond. He served in one of the red light districts.

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