Now all roads lead to France and heavy is the tread
Of the living; but the dead returning lightly dance.
Edward Thomas, Roads

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Weapons of War: The Entrenching Tool

From the "The Price of Freedom: Americans at War" – World War I Exhibit at
The Smithsonian's National Museum of American History


4 comments:

  1. One of the lessons the Br1tish learned during the Boer war of 1899 - 1901 was the need to dig in quickly when stopped. The result was the British 1908 pattern entrenching tool.

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    The design was highly effective, enabling an infantry soldier to carry the components with ease and dig in, in a lying position, rapidly when required to do so. It was standard British infantry issue in WW1 and WW2, only being superceded in the early 1960s when replaced with a mix of conventional short shovels and picks, both carried on the rear of web equipment.

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  2. A very necessary for a soldier to have.

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  3. Entrenching tools was Man's best friend during the war! He could use it to to dig a hole to hide from bullets, bomb fragments, bury his waste and as a weapon if need be.

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