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22nd (Canadien-Français) Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force, July 1916

Caption: 22nd (Canadien-Français) Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force, July 1916

This July 1916 photograph shows men of the 22nd (Canadien-Français) Battalion, CEF mending trenches. Note the 'duckboards' on the underfoot to give secure footing when rain turned the ground to mud. The corrugated iron panel seen in the foreground would help reinforce the trench wall in such conditions. Between September 1915 and November 1918, the 'Vandoos' built a formidable fighting record. (Library and Archives Canada, PA-253)