Originally Posted by c3shooter
Entrenching tool. One side of the blade is sharpened, for cutting roots, small brush for camo, and felling the schmuck that jumped into your fighting position.
Question- what do many engineers carry taped to the inside of the E-tool blade when it is in the stowed position?
No. You must not be a real grunt. After you dig your "cat hole", you fold the e-tool blade to the 90 degree position, and position the tool with the handle down.
You then apply your right butt cheek to the left side of the e-tool blade( or can reverse that if you are left-butt cheeked) This made your "hang time" steadier while you pinch off your daily"duce".(Then there was a certain amount of "paper work" involved)
Following the usual proscribed procedure, You then could use the tool to cover up your personal deposit. There is one "Don't" however. Don't do this in the fighting hole. The flies attracted can be a problem while eating your "C's".
The "felling a schmuck that has jumped into your fighting hole" idea has merit, but you forget I had said, "daily".
I guess I forgot to tell you I was using the older style e tool, and they were not sharpened,(if it had been sharp, you could risk slipping, and the whole procedure immediately becoming a "half-assed Idea"), but,our tools were used in that fashion, on occasion, so I will give bonus points, for that answer.
What was taped to the inside of the e tool blade? My assignment was to the weapons platoon, so this is not known to me. Probably something on the order of, "Dig with this end", knowing some grunt engineers. But that is just a wild guess. We had some Marines, and not besmerching the whole breed, some who needed notes on the front ends of their weapons,"bullets will come out of this end". You have to understand that during that time we were not a fully volunteer force, like today, and had some less than"engaged" draftees.
This is a photo is of my actual tool that somehow came home with me. Hope there is a statute of limitations on "gear adrift" Can't show you how it was used however, as my wife refused to have anything to do with re-enacting the proper use, for pictures.