I managed to remove all the Brits without breaking a single bayonet. The secret is to cut this connection to the sprue FIRST. Use decent side cutters to do so and you remove the tension from the figure, so when you gut the other sprue connections the natural springiness won't break the bayonet.
The mg gunners were a little fiddly to assemble, but not show stoppers.
It's a shame that three British figures are connected to the sprue by their helmets. These are almost impossible to clean up well. You inevitably loose the domed finish of the Brodie helmet. I wish PSC could have done this to figures with hessian covers, as it wouldn't have been so critical.