WWII US Army T-Handle Shovel -
This is a US Army field gear item. As issued during World War two. The T-handle shovel had its origin in WWI.
Many of the shovels employed in WWII were re-issued from WWI. In the early days of WWII the shovels were still
The entrenching tool was an excellent device for digging trenches. It was often employed with the
pick . The US armed forces also had a different
style of shovel that had the ability to fold.
This section of the website provides information that allows you to identify American military field
gear collectibles. The data also includes a price guide to give you an idea of the value of the items.
The design of the shovel consisted of a fixed shovel head with a wooden handle which ended in a metal loop through
which a perpendicular piece of wood was secured, therefore forming the "T" of the handle.
Some examples were dated on the throat of the shovel head. In other cases the "US" initials were placed on the
wood or on the throat of the shovel head.
The US Armed forces backpack known as the haversack
had a special opening where the T-handle shovel could be carried
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Known variations of this shovel include the "Paratrooper" style, which consisted of a shortened handle.
This WWII US military collectible may be currently
It is becoming more difficult to be able to tell the fake ones from the real ones because
the quality of the reproductions is improving. The collector must become familiarized with
the construction style and materials employed in the manufacturing of this item.
Attention to the details is critical in order to be able to determine the authenticity of
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