Prior to World War I, many swords adopted a curvature designed for slashing. The British military found through trial and error that a straight edged blade was the most effective weapon upon the battlefield as it allowed for an enemy to be impaled easily, either on horseback, or on foot. The British military only kept 20,000 horses on standby during peacetime so when World War II broke out, 100,000 horses needed to be conscripted into military service which was accomplished by having military pe...
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