Maybe the did but I've never seen a photo of one. There are photos of Jack Churchill with his sword, which was a basket hilt broadsword.
I once owned a pistol gripped crossbow. I was still in junior high school at the time. I think it was a Whamo. It had a steel bow probably no more than about eighteen inches long. It would put a target pointed arrow (bolt) through a piece of galvenized steel but it would bounce off a piece of hardwood. If was definitely a short-range affair but it was still a lot of fun. We were always fooling around with bows and arrows, knives and lots of sharp sticks. Wonder we all still have both eyes (but not without a lot of scars).
Shoot low, sheriff. They're riding Shetlands!
Underneath the starry flag, civilize 'em with a Krag,
and return us to our own beloved homes!
Buy War Bonds.