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Note the padded balls on the ends of their bayonets and the large padded gloves the rifle-wielding soldiers are wearing on their left hands. These would have been dummy rifle/bayonets for training purposes; the "blades" were probably either flexible (like fencing foils) or spring-loaded so they’d compress back into the rifle barrels on impact.
Training bayonets are so silly. Look at those cute rubber stabbies.
Here’s a picture of the building in 1905:
This is pretty much the same state of the Dutch army is in today.