"But the bayonet has practically lost its importance"
German soldier with bayonet
Public DomainGerman soldier with bayonet

The bayonet was used by all sides in World War I, although its value was more psychological than practical. Many World War I veterans stated that the bayonet was used primarily for toasting bread, opening cans, scraping mud off uniforms, or digging latrines. In the face of machine guns, grenades, and gas, bayonets were effectively obsolete.