During World War 2, the British Army issued a variety of machetes to its troops for use in combat and other tasks. The most common machete issued during the war was the British Pattern machete, which had a 22-inch blade and was used for cutting vegetation, clearing paths, and other tasks. The blade was made of high-carbon steel and was designed to withstand heavy use in harsh environments.
In addition to the standard machete, the British Army also issued a smaller machete known as the British Parang. This machete had a 12-inch blade and was designed for use by troops in the Far East. It was particularly effective at cutting through jungle vegetation and was used by soldiers in Burma and other areas of Southeast Asia.