Monday, March 28, 2016

US Model 1943 Entrenching Tool, M43 Shovel, Ames 1945, Post-War Re-Paint with 1953 Shovel Cover (Intrenching Tool)

Today we'll be continuing on with another folding shovel.  This shovel is another "version" of the Model 1943 Entrenching Tool. or better known as the "folding shovel".

This shovel is dated 1945 (WW2), and was made by the Ames Company.  The difference between this 1945 Ames shovel, and the 1945 Ames shovel in the previous post, has to do with the paint.

This shovel has two layers of paint visible.  The first color is the WW2 OD Green and the second shade of green is the 1950's OD Green.  This indicates that this shovel was re-issued after WW2, with an update and touch-up to the paint.  

Both the WW2 and Korean War shades of OD Green paint.
This shovel is a very good example of a 1950's "version" of the WW2 folding shovels.  In this paint scheme, the shovel most likely was issued for the Korean War (1950-1953).  Both the Model 1943 and Model 1951 folding shovels would have been issued during this time period.

This shovel is also paired with a post-war, canvas shovel cover.  This cover is dated 1953, and is correct for the later paint scheme on the shovel.  These 1950's styled covers would have been used with the Model 1943 shovels and the early issued Model 1951 shovels (a new style canvas shovel cover, that was specifically designed for the Model 1951 shovels was issued in 1956).
This cover is marked "Intrenching Tool, Combination" , which is the official nomenclature for the Model 1951 shovels. 

Let's take a closer look at the shovel and the shovel cover.  Here is the photo album.


Unknown said...

Hallo Sharky.
My name is Øyvind Amundsen from Stavanger Norway.
Thank you for a very nice blog.
I collect different shovels from ww2
I am also an owner of two Jeeps. One Willys MB 45 mod. and one Ford gpw 43 mod. Axes and shovels too the US ww2 vehicle are my collecting area.
But my question is about a folding shovel many says its US ww2, but i dont think so.
I have pictures of it, but how do i send it to you?
Øyvind Amundsen ☺️

Sharky said...

You can contact me at my email:
I would love to see some photos of your shovel and your jeep. I am sure I can help you with identification. All of the folding US shovels have the year date, they maker's name, and US stamped on them. There are modern shovels from Belgium, Norway, and some other countries that are made like the US shovels, but they do not say US on them. Send me some photos and I can help!