By Oshiro Tatsushiro, Higashi Mineo
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If and when a ski patrol penetrates deep behind enemy lines, it must mark its boundries by flags, panels, or smoke signals. 10 Packs O n ! Long-range missions may necessitate ski units being supplied by air. In this case, the drop sites should be located in an open area—but far enough from the front lines to be safe from enemy observation. Ski troops can give considerable support to foot soldiers because, by not using regular roads or trails, ski troops are able to move rapidly to where they are needed the most.
28 "Packs On While on Kiska, we had every kind of weather except extreme cold— mostly wind-driven rain, and sometimes a williwaw. We lived in tents that often blew down, so Quonset huts were put up. But, we never got to live in them. Our Quonset became the orderly room and mess hall. My tent had all the oddballs. There was Daniel T. Walsh, bugler; Henry Moscow, editor of our company newspaper, The Rucksack; Charlie Graves; and a couple of others whose names I can't remember. The tents were deployed over a large area and were connected with what was called sound power phones.
They must slide along the snow to the desired direction. If ski tracks are too narrow, they become useless. An eight-inch width is suitable for most skiers. Heavy snowfalls can obliterate tracks in a short time. It then becomes necessary to send a trail-breaking detachment ahead in advance of the main unit. The distance covered by the trailbreakers depends on the terrain and the type of snow. To maintain endurance and guarantee an uninterrupted advance, the lead men of the detachment should be relieved often.
Okinawa: Two Postwar Novellas (Japan Research Monograph) by Oshiro Tatsushiro, Higashi Mineo