Story of the US Army 10th Mountain Division

9 12 2013

Gear worn by a member of the 10th Mountain Division Soldier in World War II. Photo taken at the Veterans’ Museum in Branson.

In November 1939, the Soviet Union invaded Finland. In response, Finnish soldiers on skis destroyed two tank divisions and humiliated the Russians.

The president of the National Ski Patrol, Charles Minot (Minnie) Dole, saw this as a perfect example of why the U.S. Army needed mountain troops. Dole spent months lobbying the War Department to train troops in mountain and winter warfare. He was able to convince the Army to create ski units.

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