Looks good to me...I remember finding one still complete with the carrier in a wood-shed in Germany when I was 13 years old...
THX - I do have a Red Army 1944 shovel, but strangely no German one yet...thinking about this one.
the marking is (as far as I can tell from the pics) are:
WaA 723 (?)
go get it.
'wish me luck, biding on it... I'll update in 3 days
Nice all original one Fabe go for it most folders are lacking a date I like this one H=Heer contract I have several maker logo or three letter code with Waa on them I have yet to find a dated one but some are. What ones I have seen are usually dated 42 or so my friend has one AGO 42 Waa. and I have seen a 41 I suspose you could encounter about any date up to 45 of course. Nice shovel timothy
update: I just won this for 62 EU...'hope it looks as good as on the photos.
So now I have my very first German WW2 shovel!
I know what you all will say: "Now go get an original carrier!" ( which will cost triple the price of this )
Now, go get an original carrier !!!
Ahhhh you knew I was going to say that !!!..... I know they are expensive, but IMHO you will regret buying repro's... just wait until a complete one shows up... To be honest, I think it will be very difficult to get a loose carrier, it is more likely that you will find a complete set, but you can always use this one to put this one in a belt, there are a pictures of soldiers wearing these in the way a hand-grenade would be carried....