Today I'll be continuing on with my "shovel thread". While I was busy receiving a pile of shovels and spades in the mail, I found yet another military shovel that I had been watching for. I picked it up for a fantastic price and added it to the pile of other spades and shovels that had recently arrived!
This folding shovel is wonderful example of the West German folding entrenching tool that was first produced and issued in 1959 and issued into the 1970's. It was replaced by the German version of the US Military-NATO, Tri-Fold shovel some time in the 1970's.
This shovel is dated 1965, and the leather cover is dated 1969.
These folding entrenching tools are HEAVY DUTY ! Not only are they heavy duty, but they are actually heavy, weight-wise, as well. I get the impression that Germany figured that their soldiers would be fighting on their own home turf and would not be needing to pack their gear very far. The shovel can be adjusted for use as a normal shovel, or set at 90 degrees for use as a hoe, or the pick can be folded out for use alone, or in "hoe mode" with the shovel blade.
Of all of the folding shovels, this German version is by far the toughest!
Here is the photo album of this entrenching tool. Enjoy.