This is coolbert:
Caveman warfare almost literally so.
World War One [WW1] the trench club.
Thanks to the Internet web site American Shooting Journal and the tip from Freeper.
Devoted readers to the blog are encouraged to read the entire article.
That most vicious and personal aspect of WW1 the trench raid, weaponry as carried by the attacker unconventional and used in an unconventional manner.
The trench raid an offensive action [nearly 100 % of the time during hours of darkness?], crossing the four-hundred meter to eight-hundred meter gap "no man's land" between the warring adversaries. Squad/platoon/company and sometimes even battalion trench raids quite common.
"Trench Raiding Clubs of WW1."
"Far Outweighs the Firepower in Trench Warfare"
"You would think having extreme fire power would be the ideal thing to have when entrenched in a world war. However, in trench warfare during World War I having medieval/zombie types of weaponry was a better choice and more effective while fighting in the trench at close quarter.
The trench raid the objective to capture both prisoners and documents, cause casualties, keep the enemy on their toes.
Across no-man's land at a run, into the enemy trench, accomplish your assigned tasks, withdrawn back to your trenches. FAST IN, FAST OUT!
CONSIDER THAT WITH REGARD TO THE TRENCH RAID THE LESS GEAR THE BETTER! SPEED OF THE ESSENCE.
Weaponry again unconventional. Trench club, bayonet, grenades, trench knife, riot gun [an American specialty] , handguns [.45 autoloading pistol or .455 Webley] preferred. In some instances, boots and fists also lethal.