Army Field Manual FM 31-70 (Basic Cold Weather Manual) by The United States Army

By The United States Army

"This handbook is designed to organize the person soldier and small unit commander to behavior army operations for prolonged classes of time below the main critical and ranging chilly climate weather conditions. The doctrine and methods within the guide are acceptable in any zone that has chilly climate and snow with their accompanying operational difficulties. Troops safely expert during this doctrine and those innovations could be capable of struggle; stay; and movement in any chilly climate sector of the world."-From the creation.

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C) Any interference with the circulation of the blood reduces the amount of heat delivered to the extremities. All clothing and equipment must be properly fitted and worn to avoid interference with the circulation. Tight fitting socks, shoes and hand wear are especially dangerous in very cold climates. (d) Cold metal should not be touched with the bare skin in extreme-low temperatures. To do so could mean loss of skin. (e) Adequate clothing and shelter must be provided during periods of inactivity.

Green and frozen trees are generally not suitable because they will not burn freely. Splitting green willows or birches into small pieces provides a fairly good method of starting and maintaining a fire, if no deadwood is available. Also, dry grass, birchbark, and splits of spruce bark with pitch tar are excellent fire starters. It is good practice to secure a sufficient amount of firewood to last throughout the night, before retiring. d. Types of Fire. Any kind of open fire may be used with most of the improvised shelters.

Birds All birds and their eggs found in cold regions are edible. Certain nonmigratory birds are found in cold regions in wintertime. Several species of grouse, like the ruffed, sharp tail, spruce, and ptarmigan (which turn white in winter) are common. To obtain the greatest food value from birds, they should be plucked rather than skinned. 3-29. Fish Fish form a large part of the native diet in cold regions and are almost the entire diet of work dogs in these areas. Along the coast, salmon, tomcod, flounder, sculpin, sand sharks, 41 herring and other fish are found.

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