What ever happened to the British stiff upper lip? They’re going to be SOL in the next war.
I know there’s got to be more to this story. The Brits haven’t gone this soft since fighting for Monty and Mountbatten. The English will is legendary.
I’m not sure what weather conditions the US Rangers avoid in training. Their Mountaineering course is in Camp Merrill, Ga. They also train in Alaska. They may hide out in the barracks too when it’s below -20. Wear their PJ’s and curl up in their warm blankey.
I do note, however, that they are Royal Marine Reserves, ie civilians/part-time soldiers. Perhaps they operate under different rules from regular soldiers in peace time as they have to return to their day jobs after training.
The British Army have been accused of many things over the centuries. Not sure soft is one of them.
I was thinking the same thing. British soldiers are known for getting on with the job no matter what the circumstances.
The only way to get troops ready for cold weather combat is to get them out there and acclimated. I’ve read books about the Norwegian and Finnish ski troops in WWII. Ski troops are very fast and highly mobile. They can do some serious damage. The Soviets learned that lesson the hard way in WWII.
I think the article was making the point that money and resources were spent sending the British units to Norway for training. But then because it was below -20 they weren’t allowed to train. A big waste of resources.
Probably not much; I used to work with a guy who had fairly recently been medically discharged from one of the Ranger battalions because he’d got frostbite on a training exercise and lost several toes on each foot.
The article does seem kind of sketchy though. 8C for winter training? 46F is not an uncommon daytime high in the Dallas area… in Texas! I’d think real winter training wouldn’t get above freezing, and would ideally be much lower.