Very positive review! Check out the last paragraph! -- Dan
Here is the review of your book that appeared in the Sep/October 2017 issue of Man at Arms
The U.S. Enfield Bayonet P1913, M1917 M1917 (Vietnam), by Daniel Jay Morrison. Breed’s Hill Publishing Co., 11 Maple Ave., Demarest, NJ 07627. ISBN 978-0-692-01878-1. 454 pp.; 8½"x11"; 518 b&w ill.; hdbnd.; index. $65.00 (+ s/h)
Most readers of this magazine will no doubt be surprised that an entire book could be written about one bayonet. Mr. Morrison not only has produced such a work, but also one that demonstrates that it was a worthwhile endeavor.
Although the P1913 and M1917 bayonets are immediately recognizable to most arms collectors, the stories of their development, production, and extensive field service, are most likely only sketchily understood. Indeed, for many, these bayonets are associated almost exclusively with World War I. Yet, as the title indicates, they saw service well into the sixth decade of the twentieth century.
Perhaps one of the biggest surprises encountered in this study was how many countries used them. Aside from their recognized issuance to American and British or Commonwealth forces, P1913 and M1917 Enfield bayonets were adopted by such diverse countries as Estonia, France, the Kingdom of Iraq, Latvia, Lithuania, Mexico, Poland, Portugal, Czarist Russia, Serbia and Spain. Each of these nations applied their own peculiar inspection, property and issuance markings. It is Morrison’s clear and concise discussion of those markings that collectors will find one of this book’s most useful features. In addition to being illustrated, they are fully described and put into chronological order.
The same amount of attention is paid to the history of the production of these bayonets. The letting of contracts, prime suppliers and details concerning manufacture are laid out with equal clarity. As a result, it is an easy matter to determine who made a particular bayonet, and approximately when and for whom it was produced.
It should be noted that the scabbards associated with these arms are not neglected. Each of their distinctive features is carefully cataloged and presented to the reader.
Morrison also includes ancillary material that, in some instances, is quite amusing in a “they really did that” sort of way. For example, there was an attachment developed that allowed barbed wire to be cut when a rifle was fired (p. 332) and P1913/M1917 blades were mounted on poles to serve as pikes for the British Home Guard during World War II (pp. 315–316).
Throughout the book, the author has made effective use of contemporary photographs to illustrate the bayonets in use. From American and British servicemen of World War I to French Foreign Legionnaires and, later, U.S. troops in Viet Nam, he chronicles the almost ubiquitous use of the Enfield bayonet. In doing so, he proves that it was a mainstay of the battlefield.
This thoroughly researched, well-written and beautifully illustrated book is a fitting tribute to its subject. As such, it is recommended without reservation.