First World War: Soldiers then and now
British troops advance during the battle of the Somme in this 1916 handout picture. This picture is part of a previously unpublished set of World War One (WWI) images from a private collection. The pictures offer an unusual view of varied and contrasting aspects of the conflict, from high tech artillery to mobile pigeon lofts, and from officers partying in their headquarters to the grim reality of life and death in the trenches. The year 2014 marks the centenary of the start of the war. REUTERS/Archive of Modern Conflict London/Handout via REUTERS
In the First World War, life for soldiers in the trenches was miserable. They were often cold, muddy and rat infested. Compared to the First World War, today's modern-day troops are set up with sophisticated gear, designed to adapt to the field environment.
July 28 marks 100 years since the start of the First World War. A lot has changed for soldiers since then. We take a look at what life was like as a soldier then and now.
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To mark the anniversary of the Great War, social media reached out to share little pieces of history and memorial messages.
100 years ago today #WW1 took place. I would like to thank all Canadian soldiers who faught to make Canada what it is today!— Jessie-Anne Fournier (@jfournier04) July 28, 2014