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cutdown portuguese army shovel.

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    Default cutdown portuguese army shovel.

    Found this yesterday, the metal is in bad shape, but the protective leather is in amazing god condition. Still havent found any date or maker marks, but from information i gathered its from the 1940`s.
    cheers.
    Nuno
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    Hello-an unusual piece- are the badges Portuguese Regimental/Corps types? In the British /Commonwealth forces belts were often used for badge collections by troops.

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    Hi mate, they are , i was given this one by the owner of an antique warehouse, that was filled with hundreds of shovels, helmets and ammo pouches.
    Sadly everything was already destined for destruction in a scrapyard.
    All the shovels had badges.
    cheers.
    Nuno

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    Were they shovels or entrenching tools (short enough to be carried on the soldiers' field equipment)?

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    All shovels, M40 portuguese helmets and k98 ammo pouches.

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    Have you been able to identify which units the badges are for?

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    It has a maker mark "B", and the symbols stand for health services, military administration, commandos and the others i still havent figured out.
    Cheers.
    Nuno

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