World War I The MacAdam Shield Shovel or Hughes shovel was a two in one solution designed for the trenches of World War I by a Canadian named Sam Hughes, who was the minister for the department of Militia and Defence in 1913 The device would resemble a standard infantry shovel with a hole in it - so that it could also act as a sniper's shield. The shovel would be named after Ena MacAdam, Hughe's personal secretary. Who suggested the idea in 1913, when she saw Swiss troops digging trenches and suggested that they could combine their entrenching tools with bulletproof shields. To use it as a shield, the soldier would lie in prone with the rifle placed through the hole.
#shovel handle rotated 90˚ to expose the spike
With the shovel handle rotated 90˚ to expose the spike that drove into the ground.
#It was heavy
It was heavy because of the thick steel necessary to deflect a bullet, and difficult to carry as it had no carrying handle. Even worse, the shield shovel couldn't actually deflect bullets, even if they were small in caliber and was not good for digging because of the hole in the blade.
#some Canadian snipers did make use of the device
It was stated by the Saturday Night's magazine That "the MacAdam shield shovel was only good for one thing - opening tins." The shovels was soon replaced by British entrenching tools and turned into scrap metal. Although some Canadian snipers did make use of the device, placing many together for effective protection.
MacAdam Sniper Shield-Shovel (Weird Tech)
The MacAdam Shield Shovel or Hughes shovel was a Canadian prototype combination entrenching tool, and sniper's shield in World War 1.