As I couldn't find any threads dedicated to this iconic weapon of WW2, I decided to make one. The smatchet was a big military fighting knife/short sword designed by William E. Fairbairn. It was designed to be as brutal and lethal as possible, with the least amount of training, and is one of two handheld bladed weapons of which instruction was given in his hand-to-hand-combat manuals 1942 All In Fighting / Get Tough!(.pdf). Get Tough! was essentially the same book as 1942 All In Fighting, except that the chapter on the use of the rifle was removed. I believe both manuals are now in the public domain. Here's how Fairbairn described the smatchet in 1942 All In Fighting: Here's the relevant instruction in the use of the Smatchet from 1942 All In Fighting: Carrying, Drawing, and Holding: The smatchet should be carried in the scabbard on the left side of the belt, as in Fig. 113. This permits one to run, climb, sit, or lie down. Note.-A.ny equipment at present carried in this position should be removed to another place. Pass the right hand through the thong and draw upwards with a bent arm (Fig. 114). Grip the handle as near the guard as possible, cutting edge downwards (Fig. 115). Close-In Blows: Drive well into the stomach (Fig. 116). "Sabre Cut" to right-low of neck (Fig. 117). Cut to left-low of neck (Fig. 118). Smash up with pommel, under chin (Fig. 119). Smash down with pommel into the face (Fig. 120). Attacking Blows: "Sabre Cut" to left or right wrist (Fig. 121). "Sabre Cut" to left or right arm (Fig. 122).