This is an intrenching tool carrier that was used in the US Military. The pouch carries fits both the M1943 folding shovel and the M1951 combination tool. The shovel is secured with a button snap flap and can be attached to compatible gear with the ALICE clips on the back. There are leather strips used to reinforce areas on the pouch. On the front there are tabs for attaching bayonets for carry. M5, M5A1, M6 and M7 bayonet scabbards are all compatible.
- ILCE System – Individual Load Carrying Equipment, M1956. This system was adopted after the Korean War to replace the WW2 and previous era equipment that was standard across the US Military. The equipment was developed to be used in the possibility of a European war against the USSR. The basic issue of the equipment consisted of a pistol belt, suspenders, two ammo pouches, canteen pouch, E Tool pouch, sleeping bag carrier and a field pack. M1956 equipment was used through the Vietnam War and after it as basic issue. During the Vietnam War its replacement, ALICE gear, would be issued alongside it. By the time of the Vietnam War it had undergone some improvements and was referred to as LLCE M1956, Lightweight Load Carrying Equipment. Further improvements would fall under the M1967 pattern and were made of lighter nylon material.
- Various Government Contractors – This item is manufactured for the US government by various contractors.
Country of Manufacture: USA – This product is manufactured in the USA.
Issue Type: USGI – These are genuine US government issued items made to military specification (mil-spec).