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The only millilitres that distributed swords to infantry units during WW2 were the Japanese and british Indian armies. Japanese officers and sergeants used their katanas during combat, and at close range with deadly effect. The Indian swords were mainly traditional Sikh weapons, such as kukris. Armies from Germany to Mongolia and thorough the Middle East also gave sabres to cavalry units as a backup to rifles... although today seen as suicidal WW2 cavalry charges with sabres were often well timed and successfully. Other countries mainly used knives and bayonets for close combat, although in the Pacific Theater and in Myanmar swords occasionally found their way into foreign hands.

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The first casualty inflicted by the British army in Europe during WWI occurred when Captain Charles Hornby of the 4th Royal Irish Dragoon Guards killed a German uhlan with his sabre. He did so when his troop charged some German cavalry near Casteau on the morning of August 22 1914. The cavalry's use of the sword became a memory once vehicles replaced horses, although records do exist of swords being used in combat by both axis and allied cavalry on the eastern front in world war two as well as by Japanese officers in the pacific.

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Yes, swords were used in World War I. However, they were not used during battle. Instead, they were used to perform various punishments on people.

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