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Trench Periscope

Trench Periscope

The trench periscope is an optical device that soldiers used during the First World War to observe the ground in front of their trenches and fortifications, without taking the risk

Handcuffs

Handcuffs

Handcuffs were not normally carried on field duty, but were carried on town patrols, spare sets were stored at the Military/Regimental Police Detachment or guardroom. A wide variety of handcuffs,

The Growler

The Growler

The regimental newsletter entitled “The Growler” began publication on 1 January 1916. The first regimental newspaper was called “The Bugler” and was published in 1914 on the troopship carrying the

Gas Rattle

Gas Rattle

The gas alarm rattle was a hand operated ratchet device that made a loud clacking sound when turned rapidly. Soldiers of the British Empire forces used rattles in some instances

Flare Gun

Flare Gun

Webley & Scott produced a number of single-shot, break open signal flare gun devices used by Commonwealth Military Forces during the First and Second World Wars. The most prolific of

Bugle

Bugle

A bugle call is a short tune, originating as a military signal announcing scheduled and certain non-scheduled events on a military installation, battlefield, or ship. Historically, even before Roman times,

Brodie Helmet

Brodie Helmet

At the outbreak of World War I, steel helmets were not provided to the troops. Soldiers of most nations went into battle wearing cloth, felt, or leather headgear that offered

Bayonet

Bayonet

Bayonet fighting was taught during basic military training to all Canadian Soldiers.  However, statistics showed that bayonets were rarely used to injure or kill on the battlefield. Bayonets seem more

Distinguishing Unit Patches

Distinguishing Unit Patches

During World War I, every soldier of the Canadian Expeditionary Force wore the same khaki uniform. This similitude between units made it difficult for officers to spot their men on

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