Accession Number:

ADA270031

Title:

On Winter Warfare

Descriptive Note:

Special rept.

Corporate Author:

COLD REGIONS RESEARCH AND ENGINEERING LAB HANOVER NH

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1993-06-01

Pagination or Media Count:

75.0

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 1 covers winter warfare through the ages, beginning with Genghis Khan and ending with World War II, a period of 700-odd years. Part 3 covers the art of winter warfare as practiced during recent decades. Part 2 consists of illustrations which present additional points and expand upon 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 armys winter warfare capability are the individual soldiers 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. Cold regions, Frost, Snow, Winter, Cold weather, Ice, Unconventional warfare, History, Skiing, Warfare.

Subject Categories:

  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE