ARMY SCHOOL OF PHYSICAL TRAINING, ALDERSHOT
To kill the enemy at close quarters, or under certain conditions to overpower or
disable him. Hand to hand fighting requires in its stark reality, the skill to fight and
kill even with the bare hands. A practical knowledge of Close Combat enables a
soldier to accomplish this successfully although opposed to an armed enemy, when he
himself may be completely unarmed.
With the vast extension in mechanized warfare, the opportunities to indulge in this
form of fighting have greatly increased, and the after dark tank hunting raids, which
have become a feature of modern war, offer great scope to the skillful exponent of
2. GENERAL PRINCIPLES
Before going into detail and method there are some general principles to be learned
Unlike boxing, there are no rules in Close Combat. You are up against a ruthless
enemy who has been taught and trained to employ every possible means to kill you.
Remember, therefore, that it is your life or his, so do not hesitate to put him out of
action as quickly as possible, regardless of the means employed.
Attack is the best form of defense, so be on the attack or ready for it al all times. In
Close Combat the essentials of successful attack are surprise, speed, determination
An armed man will always have the advantage over an unarmed man provided he
thoroughly understands his weapon, but do not allow the fact that you are unarmed to
disturb your confidence, because there are many ways in which you can get the better
of the enemy, in spite of his weapon.
If you find yourself disarmed and facing a man with a rifle, Tommy gun or revolver,
you can be pretty sure that for some reason or other he does not wish to shoot - maybe
he has no ammunition, or perhaps the weapon has jammed, or gain he may not wish to
make any noise - whatever the reason the fact that he does not shoot should give you
Always aim to get