From response to shipboard emergencies to dealing with beachhead obstacles; blowing holes in concertina and movement through minefields under fire; cliff assaults; attacking machinegun nests, pillboxes and bunkers; securing accesses off the beachhead and defending against counterattacks; hand-to-hand combat with knives, entrenching tools
, their helmets, feet and fingers.
Before designing the now-famous Glock 17, Gaston Glock's Vienna-based company built polymer entrenching tools
for the Austrian army.
Shovels and entrenching tools
were in short supply for both sides, but more so for the Confederates.
Those not detailed to provide covering fire unhooked their grubbers (small entrenching tools
with a hoe on one end and a pick on the other) from their waist belts.
Soldiers get one-and-a-half duffle bags of equipment, from desert camouflage uniforms and sleeping bags to mosquito netting and entrenching tools
Something of a minor design breakthrough in entrenching tools can be seen with the Field Spade manufactured by Glock (the same people who produce the Glock pistols).
This creates a large hole into which another charge can be placed to make the hole larger, or the initial charge alone is relied upon to shake up the local soil area sufficiently for entrenching tools to be employed without excessive effort.
The resultant explosion loosens the surrounding soil for an excavation capable of accommodating two soldiers, to be completed and finished using standard entrenching tools in far less time than needed for manual efforts alone.
From French foreign legion hats to cowboy hats, from Army blankets to 'space' blankets, from entrenching tools
to dental tools, and everything in between.
More than a few Canadians tried in vain to make their rifles work by kicking the stuck bolts or hammering at them with their entrenching tools
, and some died with jammed and useless Ross Rifles in their hands.