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August 12, 2013

US Army issue trench shovel

Filed under: Item of the Day — Jason Onerheim @ 9:30 am

US Army issue trench shovel

United States Army trench shovel with a pointed steel blade and a “T” shaped wood handle secured by riveted steel straps. The shovel is stamped “U.S.” on the blade strap and handle and has the remains of olive drab and reddish paint. Scratched on the blade is “ARGONE [sic] FOREST / NOVEMBER / 15th / 1918″. Stamped on the back of the handle strap is “370 CO A”. The 370th United States Infantry (part of the 93rd Division), was made up of African American troops from Illinois and fought under French command during World War I.

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