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Old 11-01-19, 15:04
Richard Hughes Richard Hughes is offline
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This may be a bit of a spotter question but I have been trying to track down a Canadian Entrenching tool similar to the one in the picture for a webbing set.
I have a Canadian cover but all the tools you see seem to be British made. Did the Canadians make them or did they just use the British ones? If they did make them is there a list of manufacturers anywhere ?
Any guidance would be appreciated there seems to be very little in print on the subject
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Old 11-01-19, 15:15
rob love rob love is offline
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After the UK scrapped all the shovels we sent over in ww1, perhaps we didn't bother. Mr Hughes was not impressed.

But seriously, all I have seen are British entrenching tools with Canadian covers.
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Old 11-01-19, 18:21
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Hi Rob thanks for the response I had even been watching Canadian and US Ebays on the off chance but as you say only British ones ever appear. That will at least make my life easier because they are readily available
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Old 12-01-19, 00:24
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After the UK scrapped all the shovels we sent over in ww1, perhaps we didn't bother. Mr Hughes was not impressed.

But seriously, all I have seen are British entrenching tools with Canadian covers.
Ah, but Hughes' shovels were a little different. They doubled not only as a shovel but as a shield for a soldier to cover behind, complete with an oval hole for firing his rifle through. An amazingly ingenious contraption...in theory. Apparently his pretty young (civilian through and through) secretary suggested it when out for a few drinks with the boss.
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Old 12-01-19, 04:59
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The FWW Canadian designed shovel in question was the McAdam Shovel which was issued as part of the 1915 Dismounted Pattern leather Equipment. Here is a photograph of an example which was on display at the CWM a few years ago.

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