WH (Heer) Folding Shovel Carrying Case (Klappspaten mit Spatentasche). On 12 November 1938 a new improved, folding shovel was introduced to replace the earlier non-folding pattern entrenching tool. The entrenching tool/shovel was a basic item issued to all EM/NCO’s and was issued with a specific carrying case that was to be worn on the belt. This is a 2nd pattern carrying case, made of black simulated (Ersatz) leather, the carrying case is nicely maker marked and dated 'evg 43' indicating production by the 'Max Oswald' from Karlsruhe. A post-war Dutch folding shovel is included with the case for free. Stunning original folding shovel carrying case in very good condition!