Canada: NORTHWEST TERRITORIES: Men against the Arctic

On the huge U.S. Army-built air base near Churchill, on the western shore of Hudson Bay, a whistle shrilled through the ice-cold, early morning air. Before eleven weird, tanklike "snowmobiles," a group of men snapped to attention. They listened as Brigadier R. O. G. Morton, Canadian Army commander of the military district, told them: "The ground you will cover is historic. Brave men have given their lives there for the advancement of the race." He finished with a command: "To post!" The Canadian Army's "Operation Musk-Ox" was under way.

It was 43.3° below zero when the men—41 specially trained...

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