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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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December 12, 1939-First troops of the 1st Canadian Division sailed for England during the Second World War #CanadaRemembers

Canada officially entered the Second World War on September 10, 1939. Thousands of men rushed to enlist in the opening months of the conflict. The first large contingent of Canadian soldiers left Halifax for the United Kingdom December 12, 1939, in a convoy accompanied by armed escort vessels. The 1st Canadian Division would train in the United Kingdom for several years before finally seeing action in Sicily in July 1943. Pictured are soldiers of the West Nova Scotia Regiment training at Camp Aldershot in England in December 1939. Photo: Imperial War Museum

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