Use of the bayonet (I am reliably informed) is a part of standard British infantry doctrine. It carries you through close assaults having a lethal polearm in front of you (I am told). Bayonets are really scary because they're visceral - and no-one specifically trains to withstand cold steel(?). You can also unlock the furthest edges of aggression without lessening your kill-ability.
The last time there was a bayonet charge wasn't the Falklands, it was earlier on in the Iraq low-intensity war. We had 2 wounded vs 60 (?) terrorist dead.
40 of them died of fright.
British soldiers killed 35 Iraqi attackers in the Armys first bayonet charge since the Falklands War 22 years ago. The fearless Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders stormed rebel positions after being ambushed and pinned down. Despite being outnumbered five to one, they suffered only three minor wounds in the hand-to-hand fighting near the city of Amara. The battle erupted after Land Rovers carrying 20 Argylls came under attack on a highway.
After radioing for back-up, they fixed bayonets and charged at 100 rebels using tactics learned in drills.
When the fighting ended bodies lay all over the highway and more were floating in a nearby river. Nine rebels were captured. An Army spokesman said: This was an intense engagement.
The last bayonet charge was by the Scots Guards and the Paras against Argentinian positions.
======================================= Highlanders charging with fixed bayonets-- what a sight that must have been!
Especially for the "rebels."