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Old 05-09-2018, 08:34 AM   #1
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Good afternoon gentlemen, I picked this up a few days ago from a local car boot sale and Gary Wood suggested I post it here for information as to who used it and roughly what it's worth ... it was 'brought back from the war' and 'found in the shed'











It has no markings as I can make out and the dimensions are 490mm tall by 140mm wide. The handle is oak.


Any help would be greatly appreciated.


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Old 05-10-2018, 12:52 PM   #2
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Hey Ian,

I was hoping you would have had a response by now by people that know much more than I but as there hasn't let me kick a discussion off.

It is difficult to identify the country of origin for this type of entrenching tool because as you maybe aware many different countries copied "stuff" from their neighbours.

A google search shows that it looks (and stress looks!) like Polish shovel...

http://webbingbabel.blogspot.co.uk/2...lska-1939.html

But similar results are also returned if you search for "Imperial Russian Entrenching tool" and "Austro Hungary entrenching tool" and so on. It's a mess I know.

Hopefully a more knowledgeable person will notice "something\someone is wrong on the Internet" and come in with a better answer.


p.s. I appreciate your contribution to the WAF, nice one mate

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Old 05-11-2018, 03:08 AM   #3
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Many thanks for your reply Ian, it's much appreciated. It certainly seems to match the Polish one you linked to.


It's only a local find in the depths of darkest Derbyshire so I assumed in my ignorance it would be WWII German but had been worn round by wear or sharpening over the years ... I just found it strange that it was unmarked.


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Hello,

it is an Austro-Hungarian M1910 entrenching tool.

The pointed blade rubbed during it's heavy use.

The Polish entrenching tool is the next relative to it, but all of them I've seen till now got an other form of wooden shaft.
Austro-Hungarian shaft is normaly a little bit flattened at the end.
So when you grab it (in the dark) you would always strike with the edge.
The "Polish" shovel shown on linked blogspot is also an Austro-Hungarian one.

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Old 05-25-2018, 06:53 AM   #5
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Hello,

it is an Austro-Hungarian M1910 entrenching tool.

The pointed blade rubbed during it's heavy use.

The Polish entrenching tool is the next relative to it, but all of them I've seen till now got an other form of wooden shaft.
Austro-Hungarian shaft is normaly a little bit flattened at the end.
So when you grab it (in the dark) you would always strike with the edge.
The "Polish" shovel shown on linked blogspot is also an Austro-Hungarian one.

Best regards, David

Many thanks for your expertise David, it's much appreciated.


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