Product Description: This second pattern shovel E-tool is a textbook original example. This pattern of Wehrmacht folding shovel is difficult to find in original condition. The folding shovel is in excellent condition, showing only light wear and age. The wooden handle is complete and sound. The folding head of the shovel is made of steel, with a functional Bakelite fastening nut. The head of the shovel is stamped with the 3-letter maker code “agv” indicating manufacture by the firm of Berg & Co. in Solingen, and is also dated “42.” This second pattern shovel E-tool is complete with its original carrier, which is also excellent. The body of the carrier is made of artificial leather (Pressstoff) with metal and rawhide reinforcement. The shovel fits in the carrier and can be fastened securely inside. The leather belt loop and retaining strap for the bayonet are intact, with one missing rivet on the belt loop. The Presstoff carrier is also marked with a 3-letter maker code and a “1944” date. This German entrenching tool and cover is a great set of field gear.
Historical Description: Learning from their experiences and defeat in the previous war, Germany would develop new strategies for warfare. The result was a hard hitting, mobile warfare, which relied on speed and coordination. It would later be known as “Blitzkrieg”. This new style of warfare would require changes to be made from how the Generals conducted operations, down to the individual soldier’s equipment. As the Third Reich began rearming Germany during the 1930’s, due to the economic situation, much of the equipment and gear the fighting forces initially received would be from the First World War. This necessary reissuing of equipment combined with the revolutionary tactics being developed forced the German military to adapt their gear and equipment to these changes. As the German economy improved and more funding was available to the military, new equipment would be developed to replace the obsolete World War One equipment. The outbreak of World War Two pushed the development and issuing of new equipment to German soldiers to new levels. New designs and manufacturing techniques were developed. As the war progressed and fortunes changed, the German Third Reich was forced to cut production time, while continuing to develop better equipment. These changes to production, combined with newer designs, produced a vast array of equipment variants. Today these variants of equipment show proof of the drastic changes made by the German Military during World War 2.
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