American troops learn techniques for using bayonets and hand grenades, at Gondrecourt training area,France, in World War I
France Date:1917, August Duration:1 min 5 sec Sound:NO SOUND
First Division troops of the American Expeditionary Forces at their training area.Gondrecourt, France. Two lines of soldiers stand far apart facing each other and practice bayonet moves, under direction of instructor at far end of the formations. They then run across the field in a series of short segments and practice thrusting movements with bayonets afixed to their rifles. Several are seen climbing out of a trench and running forward with poised bayonets. American and French instructors train the soldiers in technique for throwing hand grenades. The French instructors then line up and demonstrate the proper technique. (Actual hand grenades are not used.)
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