As the spearhead troops the Engineers were issued with assorted specialized equipment including assault packs, pick axes, saws, long handle shovels, wire cutters, explosive tool kits and other construction and demolition equipment. The Combat Engineer's equipment also included a wide variety of assorted demolition charges, anti-personnel and anti-vehicles mines along with the appropriate detonators, igniters and timers. The Combat Engineers were utilized two, different models of wire cutters enabling personnel to cut through barbwire entanglements. The wire cutters came in both a short and a long model and both were issue with a specific carrying case that was to be worn on the load carrying waist belt.The long wire cutters seem to have been issued on a limited basis and are not as commonly encountered as the short pattern wire cutters. Of Note: As the spearhead troops, personnel serving with an Combat Engineer unit, generally experienced higher casualties rates then standard units. The item "Original WW2 Relic German army Combat Pioneer Short Wire Cutter from Kurland" is in sale since Saturday, February 18, 2017.
This item is in the category "Collectibles\Militaria\WW II (1939-45)\Original Period Items\Germany\Personal, Field Gear". The seller is "skit1941" and is located in Riga. This item can be shipped worldwide.