War: Dreadful Winter

From Siberia, which harbors the world's largest cold air mass, bitter winds swept down over Manchuria last week to the mountains and bleak fields of North Korea. Typical December weather seemed to be coming in a month early. Behind the front, the countryside was dotted at night with bonfires at which U.S. troops warmed themselves. In the fighting lines, the numbed and miserable doughfeet had no such comfort. Medical officers treated their first cases of frostbite and trench foot.

In the U.S., families of soldiers were horrified by reports that some units were still...

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