All Quiet on the Western Front

all quiet on the western front

Chapter 6 

According to Paul, why has the bayonet lost its importance as a weapon and actually become a hindrance to the soldiers?


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The men don't like bayonets. Bayonets frequntly get caught between an enemie's ribs. The menwould rather rely on multipurpose spades, which can cleave "as far down as the chest."