In this brief but extremely informative video, lindybeige, one of my two favorite YouTube sources on the correct use of and defense from a variety of non-firearm weapons, demonstrates how a scimitar sword could be used effectively in close quarters against heavily armed opponents. As he points out, part of the problem for the Belgians was the extreme power of the weapons their soldiers carried, which would have penetrated not only their attackers, but also multiple innocent bystanders. The soldiers were simply not armed correctly for the conditions that they were in.
Watch the video and see what you think. I invite your comments below.