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M1943 E-Tool Carrier - Belgian Modified

Started by MrSheepy , Apr 16 2008 10:20 AM

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#1 MrSheepy

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Posted 16 April 2008 - 10:20 AM

Hy, first of all please exceuse my (sometimes) bad English. Im from Germany so please be patient with me.

I found this pocket with other WWII Stuff I stored away, cause I ran out of room in my old workroom. Please can you help me Identify this one, if its WWII Erea or later? The Button is stamped with "KlikIt" a Star and "PULL". The Edges inside are enhanced with leather and the backside Strip holder ist made of Brass. No other stamps or markings are readible any more!

A normal Pistol Belt fits through the Backside holder but there are no fixing for hooks.

I would be glad if someone can help me out with this one!

Regards, Carsten

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Posted 16 April 2008 - 10:49 AM

It is a first type M43 entrenching tool carrier, but the original hook assembly has been removed and replaced with a different type of hanger system.

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Posted 16 April 2008 - 12:04 PM

It's a WWII US one (1st type as Pops says above) that has been repaired and modified post-war by the Dutch Army. If you're handy with a sewing machine and have the belt hook, it can quite easily be modded back of course!

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Posted 16 April 2008 - 12:44 PM

Don't know if the Dutch did this too, but the Belgian Armed Forces sure used these altered carriers. I did Basic in 1982 and carried my 1943! Ames shovel in a similar carrier.
It was attached to a British Pattern 37 Small pack, that had had an extra tab added on the flap, and a strap to hold the shovel handle on the lower pack.

I still have that shovel in my collection, and I dug several foxholes in the Ardennes with it.... :D

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Posted 16 April 2008 - 02:34 PM

Ohh... maybe they're Belgian then, Johan, as you say. I figured they were Dutch as I bought a load of transitional ones with this mod at a surplus store in northern Holland on the way to Texel.

Suppose the "'37 Pattern" buckle makes more sense with the Belgian gear, mind you.

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Posted 16 April 2008 - 11:15 PM

Ok, then I will watch for a belt hook. I think a Repro one will do it also, but maybe im lucky and Dig one up on the weekend :D .

Thanks for your help so far!

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Posted 17 April 2008 - 02:47 PM

it is belgian...the belgians also had a local made copy of the e-tool cover as well as altered original american ones...the market is flooded with these today & they sale very cheap

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Posted 03 August 2016 - 08:18 AM

This forum came through again! An old thread, but still useful. I saw one of these covers in a shop and was wondering what the heck it was.  I was tempted to buy it for 12 bucks but decided to do some research here first.  If I thought it was altered US, I'd still pick it up, but think it is European made.  Maybe I'll go take another look at it. 

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Posted 03 August 2016 - 08:50 AM

If the LTD-button says 'klik hier' it's for certain Dutch. They did an exact copy of the first pattern M43 shovel cover (with fixed hook) but in OD webbing.



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Posted 08 August 2016 - 08:10 AM

I went back on Saturday to take another look at the covers.  In the pile there were 3 of the modified covers.  One had the Klik fastener and two has the US type.  But at the bottom of the pile (I've learned ALWAYS check the bottom of the pile) I found this unmodified first pattern cover visibly dated 1943.  I grabbed it for 11 bucks.  As I said before, these old threads are a valuable resource.  I wasn't really aware of this pattern cover until I found this tread, now I've got one.  Darn it though, now I'll need to find a 1943 dated shovel.  I already have a 1944 dated set.  Do I really need a 1943 one?  Of course!  Sometime I hate collecting.

Thanks for all the info!

Mikie 

 

 

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Posted 08 August 2016 - 09:43 AM

Nice find! 1943 dated M43 shovels are scarce too, though... But it pays to check every one in the pile, that's how I got mine.




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