Think running a NPT security patrol in warm weather is daunting? Try it in winter….in deep snow…with snow shoes. It’s a whole ‘nother thing. When one lives in an area that has very cold temperatures and the potential for deep accumulated snow, learning to snow shoe is as essential as learning knots, building fires, shelters, and marksmanship…..
On 21 JAN 1757, Rogers’ Rangers on a recon patrol(referred to as a “scout” by Rogers) found themselves ambushed by 250 French Infantry and their allied Indian tribes, countered the ambush and broke contact.
Rogers’ men were badly outnumbered and taken by surprise; the French muskets misfired due to wet powder and ill-equipped for the weather, the French Infantry found themselves unable to move in the deep snow.
Rogers and his men set a historical precedent in the way Small Units operate- one that is still taught to this day- paying attention to the way the Natives fought and always seeking to improve and refine their equipment and tactics off of it. His Unit was made of hard men forged even harder under his command; never yielding to odds whether in their favor or not, and usually the latter. Find a way to win.
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