US Army issue trench shovel

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Titles US Army issue trench shovel
Description 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.
Quantity 1 item
Format Content Category: artifacts
Measurements 22 inches height
6 3/4 inches width (blade)
4 7/8 inches width (handle)
Nomenclature shovel
Materials wood (plant material)
steel (alloy)
Subjects Issued by: United States, Army
Issued by: United States
World War, 1914-1918--Equipment and supplies
World War I
Military. 1914-1918 (World War I). Equipment & Supplies
Dates Use: Not earlier than 1917 - Not later than 1918
Content: 11/15/1918 (Date stamped on object.)
Credit Line Minnesota Historical Society Collections
Holding Type 3D Objects
Identifiers 7330.35 (Accession Number)

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