Thread: WTF is a SPETNAZ shovel?
12/13/2006 8:44pm, #11
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This topic is so 2004, it make russian babies cry as if yankees were stealink their missletoes on Kristmas eve!
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To fight and conquer in all your battles is not supreme excellence;
Supreme excellence consists in breaking the enemy's resistance without spilling your Guinness.
Sun "Fu Man JhooJits" Tzu, the Art of War & Guinness
12/14/2006 8:19am, #12
One thing is the propaganda surrounding it, another thing is that the soldiers learn to use it for fighting too... That doesn't make the best ever fighting tool from the trench shovel, nor invincible supermans from Russian soldiers. However, it is a pretty damned huge blade to be cut with...
Now, Ru Klas, if I may steal your attention for a second:
what do you think of the Smersh knife series by the Russian NOKS knifemaker? I opened a thread on this, but it remains ignored... ;-(
12/14/2006 12:12pm, #13
Wait... so it really IS a shovel?
12/14/2006 12:19pm, #14
12/14/2006 12:22pm, #15
Ok... weird. Really? A shovel? Like the thing I use to grow my roses? It's not like some innuendo for like digging your grave or something? Because that'd be a lot cooler.
12/14/2006 12:50pm, #16
12/14/2006 1:11pm, #17
12/14/2006 1:53pm, #18
12/14/2006 2:35pm, #19
Every military's soldiers use shovels and entrenching tools ("E-Tools") as improvised weapons.
The Spetznaz people supposedly sharpened theirs, creating sort of a three-way battle axe, but I've never heard evidence that the shovel was modified or "balanced" for throwing.
Sharpening an E-Tool has always been rumored among American troops for as long as e-tools have been issued.
12/14/2006 3:09pm, #20
e-tools are even useful when dull.
*BROWN, MELVIN L.
Rank and organization: Private First Class, U.S. Army, Company D, 8th Engineer Combat Battalion. Place and date: Near Kasan, Korea, 4 September 1950. Entered service at: Erie, Pa. Birth: Mahaffey, Pa. G.O. No.: 11, 16 February 1951. Citation. Pfc. Brown, Company D distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty in action against the enemy. While his platoon was securing Hill 755 (the Walled City), the enemy, using heavy automatic weapons and small arms, counterattacked. Taking a position on a 50-foot-high wall he delivered heavy rifle fire on the enemy. His ammunition was soon expended and although wounded, he remained at his post and threw his few grenades into the attackers causing many casualties. When his supply of grenades was exhausted his comrades from nearby foxholes tossed others to him and he left his position, braving a hail of fire, to retrieve and throw them at the enemy. The attackers continued to assault his position and Pfc. Brown weaponless, drew his entrenching tool from his pack and calmly waited until they 1 by 1 peered over the wall, delivering each a crushing blow upon the head. Knocking 10 or 12 enemy from the wall, his daring action so inspired his platoon that they repelled the attack and held their position. Pfc. Brown's extraordinary heroism, gallantry, and intrepidity reflect the highest credit upon himself and was in keeping with the honored traditions of the military service. Reportedly missing in action and officially killed in action, September 5, 1950.