The MacAdam Shield Shovel Weird Tech 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. With the shovel handle rotated 90˚ to expose the spike that drove into the ground. In 1914, 25,000 shield shovels were produced for the Canadian army. Hughes proclaimed them a ‘Canadian Miracle Device’. But after field testing, it was clear that the expensive piece of equipment had many problems. 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. High ranking Canadian and British military officials, including Arthur Currie, refused to accept the shield shovel. 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. Watch our other videos to learn more. Get your copy of simple history World War I, available on Amazon now! Thank you guys for all your support on the Simple History YouTube channel. If you enjoyed, please consider visiting our patreon page. There, you can show us your support by donating and make a huge difference in what we are able to create for you. Plus you can get early access on upcoming videos. So let’s keep it going, and thank you for being part of this amazing community.