By A. B. Feuer
This historical past of the tenth Mountain department in the course of global warfare II specializes in the non-public reviews of the mountain troops who served in Alaska and Italy. Feuer conveys the critiques expressed through the veterans concerning the behavior of the campaigns—both the great and the undesirable, with out holds barred. Senator Bob Dole, who used to be heavily wounded through the crusade, offers a foreword. This attention-grabbing account additionally unearths the variations in education and procedure from these hired through German ski troops of an analogous era.A choice of own photos, valuable maps, and a timeline enable the reader to stick to the development of the tenth in Italy. as well as strive against bills, readers will locate connection with the tough realities of struggle, together with pleasant fireplace, useless American infantrymen used for goal perform, and the vengeful taking pictures of German prisoners.
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Sleds will also be used to transport the wounded. It is indispensable for even the smallest unit to have ski-repair equipment—including parts for bindings and spare tips for skis. For long missions, spare skis and poles should be carried. The prime requisites for all patrols and raiding parties are courage and a ruthless, aggressive spirit. Quick action—utilizing the element of surprise—can gain superiority, even against a far stronger enemy. Certain procedures should be followed for a successful surprise attack.
It was not long after that the colonel was transferred off the island. The Kiska campaign cost the lives of twenty-nine ski troopers, and fifty-five others were wounded. After things calmed down, every officer and noncom in my company took a trip to the hospital ship for treatment of jittery nerves. While the ski troopers marked time before leaving Kiska, some wit worked u p a song to the tune of the barroom ballad, "No Balls at All": We headed for Kiska with blood in our eye, But G-2 had told us a hell of a lie!
If they are not available, chalk or lime dissolved in water will serve the purpose. A soldier, completely clothed in white, is able to move about freely in snow-covered terrain. Even in good weather, he can hardly be seen from a distance of a few hundred yards. And, when lying prone, he can remain invisible to the enemy at a much closer range. When moving, however, the ski trooper must constantly utilize a white background and select his position accordingly. And, upon exiting a wooded area, he must creep through the snow until he is beyond the shadow of the tree line.