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Title: On winter warfare
Authors: Swinzow, George K., 1915-
Keywords: Winter
Winter warfare
Cold regions
Cold weather
Unconventional warfare
Publisher: Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (U.S.)
Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.)
Series/Report no.: Special report (Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (U.S.)) ; 93-12.
Description: Special Report
Abstract: The report is a review of the history and art of winter warfare. It attempts to publicize a neglected subject by making historical facts concerning it available in a single volume. Part I covers winterwarfare through the ages, beginning with Genghis Khan and ending with World War II, a period of 700-odd years. Part III covers the art of winter warfare as practiced during recent decades. Part II consists of illustrations which present additional points and expandupon the other two parts. It is noted that throughout history the lessons learned on the subject have continually been ignored and forgotten. All other conditions being equal, the most important factors determining an army's winter warfare capability are the individual soldier's willingness to accept hardship, the quality of his training, including survival skills, and his morale. Snow, ice and low temperatures can become a strategic advantage to the well-trained, highly motivated combatant.
Rights: Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited.
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