This is a rare to find German soldiers Klappspaten or folding shovel with leather cover remains the pre war designed shovel which entered service in 1938 is one of the harder to find shovels from the battlefield. The shovel is in relic but very solid condition the leather is not braking up or falling apart it has been left in as found condition apart from a very light clean to show the black colour of the leather it has survived this well because of being in good ground the shovel is not complete handle is missing it is rusty but solid it is perfect for display or any collection so rare to get from the battlefield leather items as they are fragile and normally that just rot away. The shovel was recovered near Bergen in Norway the April 1940 battlefield during the German invasion and comes with a A5 laminated information card in photograph.
The Norwegian Campaign (9 April to 10 June 1940) was fought in Norway between Norway and her Allies after the German invasion. In April, the United Kingdom and France came to Norway's aid with an expeditionary force. The important western cities of Bergen and Stavanger were captured by the Germans on 9 April. Some 2,000 German soldiers occupied Bergen and captured the Norwegian arms depots there. The small Norwegian infantry forces in Bergen retreated eastwards, blowing up two railway bridges and sections of road after them.
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