Only One Available: This is one of the many items that made digging much easier in WWII. Unlike WWI where fighting was mainly on the front in trenches, soldiers in WWII had to construct foxholes in a timely manner. The M1943 entrenching shovel became a very necessary item to have in many situations.
The M-1943 entrenching Tool was a combination shovel and hoe with a wooden handle and folding blade. It could be easily carried, assembled, and required almost no instructions for use. These were issued starting in 1943, but the M-1910 continued in use through the end of the war.
The M-1943 had a one piece handle that was permanently attached to the blade via an adjustable hinge. Using a large nut to loosen or tighten the connection, the hinge could be freed so the shovel and handle could be set up in a line (use as a shovel), at a right angle (use as a hoe), or folded over (to store in its cover). The khaki or later olive drab canvas M-1943 cover had a foldover flap with snap closure and a hook on the back for attachment to a utility belt or pack.
There is paint loss near the end of the handle and past rusting. The shovel is fully functional, and locks correctly into the three basic configurations. A great must for any WWII collection!
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