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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Russia reactivates military airfield in the Arctic after 20 years

9 12 2013

Earlier in October, Putin stated strongly that Russia would never “surrender” its Arctic area. Indeed, Temp airfield located on Kotelny Island, the largest of Russian islands in Novosiberian region, is being reactivated.

The airfield has been operational beginning in 1949 then, 20 years ago, its activity was suspended, and the infrastructures preserved for future use. Since then, Russian policy towards Arctic has become more aggressive and one of the elements of that policy is to reinstate the aforementioned airfield for Russian Air Force planes.

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Arctic Comms: US Army Radios Connect with MUOS Satellites Orbiting the Equator

9 12 2013

AN/PRC-155 Manpack radios operating from Alaska and the Arctic Circle made voice and data calls using the Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) waveform and satellite network, according to manufacturer General Dynamics C4 Systems.

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Video: 2 CRPG Johnny Daniel Angnatuk, Quaqtaq, Nunavik

9 12 2013

A video about Johnny Daniel Angnatuk, Master Corporal in the Canadian Rangers Patrol of Quaqtaq, Nunavik and his involvement with the Junior Canadian Rangers.

The aim of the Junior Canadian Rangers Program is to promote traditional cultures and lifestyles, including Ranger skills by offering a variety of structured activities to young people living in remote and isolated communities.

Under the supervision of the Canadian Rangers, these young Canadians (12 to 18) become active and engaged citizens of their local communities.

Production: Captain Francis Arsenault 2nd Canadian Rangers Patrol Group (2 CRPG) Social Media

Pic of the Day: IDF Cold Weather Training

9 12 2013

Pic via @IDFSpokesperson Twitter

Video: ‘Unbreakable’ TV Show Episode 2 at Norwegian School of Winter Warfare

8 12 2013

Unbreakable is a reality television series presented by Explorer Benedict Allen on UK’s Channel 5, where eight volunteers undergo an onslaught of physical and mental pressure in a bid to be declared unbreakable.

From the Norwegian arctic to the Sahara Desert, the volunteers learn to survive in the world’s harshest environments and endure some of the toughest military training around.

In this episode shot at the Norwegian School of Winter Warfare in Norway. They are placed in the vicinity of a TNT explosion and forced to jump into an ice hole while still wearing their skis. They were required to dig a snow hole and sleep in it (something Norwegian school children routinely do at winter camp, though they get to use a sleeping bag).

Video: Mattro der Ziesel Personal All-Electric ATV

7 12 2013

Mattro Mobility Revolutions GmbH of Austria provides an interesting personal all electric ATV capable of reacing 35 km/h.

Definately has the potential for military applications. Check out their Website:

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