I am not dismissing the importance of the shovel on the battlefield, nor was my argument directed that way. I was simply arguing that the Chinese military shovel shown in the video seems to be a meaningful substitute of a dedicated shovel, although it may not be as effective. We don't know since none of us has physically tested it. Things that LOOK flimsy may not be so. Just look at the original J-10A.Perhaps you should pay more attention to the importance of the shovel to the military man during the major wars To the infrantry man it was the next important thing next to his rifle.You can forget about all the other fancy bits that could impede, its ability to dig a while the user is lying close to prone on the ground while under fire, thats gonna save ones butt. In short How do we know that its efficiency as a shovel, is severely compromised from the other strenuous uses?