In 19th century, stone age Zulu army defeated the modernized British army, in WW2, due to lack of ammo, China infantry use swordsmen and riflemen, people think, it won't work, but the Chinese still draw Japan close to running out of nature resource and need to retreat out of China, resulting in Japan invading Pearl Harbour, so they can invade Australia for nature resources. In Soviet Afghan war, Afghan army still use swordsmen and was effective to push Soviet forces out, this is 1970s, If things are that desperate, how effective are swordsmen be in modern warfare, if commanders use correctly.
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Agree, in WW2 China usually try force Japs into close combat, even then, its infantry still got 1 rifleman per 2 swordsman, I don't know about soviet afghan war, Zulu lour Brits deep into Zulu territory, then wipe them out garillar style
My dad was in the army in the 70s, he know how to use rifles, pistols, swords, lance, knife, hand to hand, bow & arrow and bayonet. He say melee combat don't happen a lot, in modern warfare, but it still can happen.