No this is not the Hoth system, it’s Canada …

In this series of articles, I will elaborate on the importance of being able to fight in winter warfare here in Canada. It is also important to share our experience with our NATO allies but even more with the United States Military as we share an unprotected border and we keep our continent safe and secured through NORAD.

But before going into the subject, I’d like to talk about my experience in the winter. In 14 years of service, I had the opportunity to go in the Great North three times for periods between 7-21 days. We also had an introduction to winter warfare every year to keep a certain standard and readiness and to make sure our newly formed privates don’t die from hypothermia.

While most of the effort and budget was directed to Afghanistan, we kept training for Winter Warfare at a platoon and company level. We would spend weeks in the field here in Quebec working on the very basics; establishing patrol bases with arctic tents, conducting combat patrols with snowshoes and working a cache routine to keep the enemy at bay.