In order to analyze the methods of knife fighting during the Second World War, and for comparison, from the mass of literature and training aids on knife fighting, it is necessary to pay attention to some works. For example, the book “Physical Training of a Scout,” by Captain K. T. Bulochko, Honored Master of Sports. Practice shows that this tutorial is still used to train knife-knife reconnaissance.
Knife combat during the Second World War, methods of hand-to-hand combat with a knife, carrying a knife, attack with a knife, knife action in a collision close.
An attack with a knife is carried out by the scout in the case when you need to silently destroy the enemy. Or when the actions of a rifle are difficult. The most convenient knife is double-edged.
Carrying a knife.
The knife follows the belt to the left. If there are knives, then sheathed. They are suspended on the belt to the left obliquely at an angle of 30 degrees. The knife – with the handle to the right, so that with all movements and jumps it does not interfere with the action and does not threaten injury. During actions in hand-to-hand combat, the knife can be held with both the right and left hand. Point up or down.
Attack with a knife.
In case of a silent attack on the enemy from behind or in front, a knife strike should be applied from below under the left shoulder blade. At the same time, it is necessary to close the mouth of the opponent with his left hand with a rag or forearm. After hitting – immediately pull out the knife. Kick the opponent with his right foot under the knee and knock him over, inflict a second stab in the chest or squeeze the throat by clicking on the Adam’s apple.
When attacking from the right or from the front, strike the knife with the top or bottom in the region of the heart. Covering the opponent’s mouth with the forearm of his left hand. After that – instantly pull out the knife, grab the right hand around the neck and, leaning on the enemy or knocking him with his foot from behind. Dump it and, if necessary, re-stab with a knife.
When attacking the enemy together, the first fighter strikes with the butt on the head. The second fighter is a knife strike from above or from below. When attacking the enemy, when he is sitting or lying down, you should close his mouth with his left hand in a glove or with a hand with rags. You can also cover his mouth with his forearm or clasp his throat with his left hand. With your right hand, strike the knife from above or below into the region of the heart or from the back under the left shoulder blade. A knife strike from below can also be done live (solar plexus). From above – to the neck (region of the carotid artery).
Close knife action in a collision.
In a collision with the enemy closely, when the scout is captured by the enemy, when the actions of a rifle or an automatic machine are difficult, a strike should be delivered. With your right hand, grabbing a knife, sweep in the face, or hit from above in the chest. Or from the bottom to the side, just strike on the right in the face and re-strike in the chest.
With the left hand (when the actions with the right hand are difficult), grabbing the knife, strike on the face. From above to the chest or from below to the stomach. In all cases, in a close encounter, until the scout had time to grab the knife, a strong blow should be made with his head in the enemy’s face and kicked.
Based on materials from the book GRU Special Forces Knife Fight.