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#DYK a shovel was a soldier’s best friend during the First World War? Survival depended on digging in quickly. #Vimy100

While rifles, boots and helmets were touchstones in a Canadian infantryman’s life during the First World War, the shovel was one of his most important tools of all. On battlefields where hails of machine gun bullets, heavy rifle fire and exploding artillery shells turned the air into a lethal storm of metal, quickly digging into the ground for a measure of protection was the only way for a soldier to give himself a chance to stay alive. Pictured are Canadians digging in to consolidate their newly captured positions at Vimy Ridge in April 1917. Photo: Library and Archives Canada

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The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, will join the Government of Canada delegation as they return to Canada from Dieppe, France, for a closing commemorative ceremony to mark the 75th anniversary of the Dieppe Raid. The ceremony will honour all those who served and those who made the ultimate sacrifice in the Dieppe Raid. #Dieppe75

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