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This is War!
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View across a snowy ravine of a column of Marines and vehicles moving along an icy road.

"After the Division reached the rim of the plateau . . . [it] started down the narrow, tortuous road winding to the canyon below . . . Many vehicles wound down that road and they were all loaded with vital equipment, the equipment with which to run a full combat division . . . so the men walked. They walked with necks bent, shoulders hunched up, eyes almost closed to a kind of cold against which there was no protection . . . in which no clothes had warmth. So they just walked . . . carried their rifles . . . and froze. [Korea, December 1950.]" This Is War!, pp. 143-144.