Politicians leaping over bayonets

14 May

Bayonet Dive is Physical Exam

Diving over a hurdle formed by rifles stood in a row with fixed bayonets was one of the stunts tried by Italian government officials to demostrate their physical fitness to Premier Mussolini at a recent gymnastic exhibition held in Rome. Several Fascist party chiefs were injured when they failed to clear the bayonet barrier, while others where slightly burned while attempting to leap through blazing hoops.

This is from Popular Science magazine, October 1938, p140

http://books.google.co.nz/books?id=hiYDAAAAMBAJ&printsec=frontcover#v=onepage&q&f=false

I’d pay money to see some of our New Zealand politicians doing this!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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