First World War: Soldiers then and now

Replica Great War era plane, a RAF Se5a, a favourite of Canadian flying ace Billy Bishop,...

Replica Great War era plane, a RAF Se5a, a favourite of Canadian flying ace Billy Bishop, participated in a mock dogfight with a Fokker Dr.I Triplane over Fort Henry. The Tribute to the Great War commemorated Canada's participating in the First World War through music, period uniforms, equipment and more and was held at Fort Henry on Saturday June 28, 2014. (Julia McKay/QMI Agency)

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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.

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