Saturday, October 17, 2015

Danish Army Engineers, Pioneer Spade circa 1940's to 1980's

Here is the next "installment" along our recent shovel and spade theme.

Today's spade is a very unique one indeed.  In fact, you may not ever run across one of these out there in the collecting and memorabilia scene. 

This style of full-sized, pioneer spade was issued and used by the Danish Army starting the early 1940's.  I am not certain how long they have been used, but since a small batch recently found their way onto the surplus market (and I do mean a small batch of spades!), I would assume that they are no longer being used, or have been replaced with a newer model.

 NOTE: I have recently added two more of these spades to the collection.  You can read about them and see photos here:
From what I understand this spade was specified, issued, and used with the Danish military version of the Mercedes "G" Wagon, 4x4, basically the European version of the US Jeep, beginning in the early 1980's.  I am not certain where on the Mercedes these shovels would have been mounted, but I would imagine it was most likely under the engine hood, or inside the passenger area somewhere.  I have not seen a single photo of pioneer gear (shovels, axes, picks) mounted on the outside of one of the Danish rigs.

Here's a comparative shot of the spade on the hood of my Jeep. (yes, that's me in the reflection!).  This will give you a better idea of the actual size of the spade.

The spade is marked with the Danish Crown and ITT, on the blade.  ITT stands for The Danish Army Engineers.  

On the shank of the blade, it is marked DSI.  I am not certain what this stands for, but it may indicate the manufacturer.

I think I'll let the rest of the photos speak for themselves. 

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