U.S. Army’s Basic Hand To Hand Fighting of World War 1 (Silent film)





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28 thoughts on “U.S. Army’s Basic Hand To Hand Fighting of World War 1 (Silent film)

  1. The Gnostic Truth says:

    The ducking under a straight punch like you are Muhammed Ali with no need to block at all will only work if you and a cooperative fellow soldier keep making exactly the same choreographed punch and dodge, and so does every one else. Otherwise it will get your face smashed as often as not. It's a beautiful thing if you can pull it off in reality… but this form of rote training of one best case scenario of perceptual accuracy, idealized cooperative timing and rhythm, and specific technique would be a trifecta of miracles if it ever translated to much in real combat. But at least they manned up to some risky training which might have gotten them beaten up and given them a chance to sublimate their aggression toward each other and project it at an outer foe. But that two-man technique of training like choreographing for a fight which has almost no chance of manifesting in the form of any of those techniques is, as to actual martial improvement for time put into the training, less useful for grown men than playfighting is for young children.

  2. SirEdmundDuke says:

    If you think about it, why is anybody surprised at the good technique here? This was before assault rifles and personal radios were invented, not before hand-to-hand combat… I'm fairly certain we have quite a few thousand years more experience with killing each other with our bodies than firearms as a species. None-the-less, this video is rad!

  3. Forensource says:

    Everything goes in cycles.  In peace time, cqb is not taught that much. The army totally revamped their training in the past 20 years.  Even the Air Force teaches some combat skills.

     I wonder if in a 100 years, soldiers will look back at our current technology and laugh.  "Kevlar, why didn't they have deflective energy vests back then."

  4. 3Pillers says:

    Great stuff thanks for posting.  It's possible that my grandfather, a WW1 vet, could have been in that film.  Reminds me of a quote by Gichin Funakoshi founder of Shotokan Karate "To search for the old is to understand the new".  Many martial arts students viewing this will notice techniques and applications similar to those that they practice today.  Real men – practicing real techniques.

  5. Noor El-Tahawy says:

    lol, it's kind of funny, how modern military uses Silat/ Eskrima/Kali/ and other forms of  "ancient" military styles from Asia for their special force's training. Techinically, this army (durring WW1) could be doing the same thing in CQC as modern military groups are doing now, if they were educated in those ancient fighting styles I mean.

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