FM 3-25.150(FM 21-150)
Handheld weapons provide a significant advantage during a fight. For
soldiers to be well trained in their use there must be connectivity between
the techniques of armed and unarmed fighting. As soldiers progress in
their training, bayonet fighting techniques that are taught in initial entry
training will merge with the other elements of hand-to-hand fighting to
produce a soldier who is capable of operating across the full range of
Section I. OFFENSIVE TECHNIQUES
In most combat situations, small arms and grenades are the weapons of choice. However,
in some scenarios, soldiers must engage the enemy in confined areas, such as trench
clearing or room clearing or where noncombatants are present. In these instances, or
when your primary weapon fails, the bayonet or knife may be the ideal weapon to
dispatch the enemy. Soldiers must transition immediately and instinctively into the
appropriate techniques based on the situation and the weapons at hand.
ANGLES OF ATTACK
Any attack, regardless of the type weapon, can be directed along one of nine angles of
attack (Figure 7-1).
Figure 7-1. Angles of attack.
a. No. 1 Angle of Attack. A downward diagonal slash, stab, or strike toward the left
side of the defender’s head, neck, or torso.
b. No. 2 Angle of Attack. A downward diagonal slash, stab, or strike toward the
right side of the defender’s head, neck, or torso.
c. No. 3 Angle of Attack. A horizontal attack to the left side of the defender’s torso
in the ribs, side, or hip region.
d. No. 4 Angle of Attack. The same as No. 3 angle, but to the right side.
e. No. 5 Angle of Attack. A jabbing, lunging, or punching attack directed straight
toward the defender’s front.
f. No. 6 Angle of Attack. An attack directed straight down upon the defender.
g. No. 7 Angle of Attack. An upward diagonal attack toward the defender’s lower-
h. No. 8 Angle of Attack. An upward diagonal attack toward the defender’s lower-
i. No. 9 Angle of Atta