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US Wood 1944 Entrenchment Shovel question

Discussion in 'Uniforms, Personal Gear (Kit) and Accessories' started by YugoslavPartisan, Dec 29, 2015.

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  1. YugoslavPartisan

    YugoslavPartisan Drug

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    Can someone tell me how many of these shovels were made?

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    I don't know the exact figure, but considering every soldier had one , there were millions. Many European armies have used the gigantic surplusses until the 1970s . I have pictures of the Dutch , Belgians and French who had them afte rthe war. Yours is a nice 1944 made model. Too bad it was repainted. I'd have left it as such with a little polish to protect it from rusting .
     
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    I didn't know they were used after the war. Thanks for the info.
     
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    Fench paratroopers in Indochina , 1954
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    French use in Algeria
     
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    a 'necessity' in battle...appears to be a very durable, simple field tool.....no wonder they used them for so long...Dien Bien Phu was a world where entrenching was essential, to both sides....the humans have always burrowed like animals, in war....therefore, the need for the tool
     

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