10th Mountain Division
10th Mountain Division
The 10th Mountain Division is a group of men that were in the Army. They went skiing, hiking, and mountain climbing. To be in the 10th Mountain Division you had to be tough. The men were forced to camp out in below 0 degree temperatures. They trained at Camp Hale. When they finished training the 10th Mountain Division would leave Camp Hale and help to fight the Italian Campaign.
Camp Hale was the location that the men were taught how to skillfully hike, mountain climb, ski, and learn military combat. At Camp Hale men were put to the ultimate test. There were many challenges that the soldiers went through. It wasn’t only the hard training; there were many different obstacles the men faced. A railroad ran around Camp Hale and the mountain was so steep that sometimes the train needed eight engines to get up the hill. Air around Camp Hale became hazy and foggy. The engines spewed so much smoke that the air became unhealthy to inhale. Lots of men got altitude sickness or a bad cough. The barracks were heated with coal powered stoves that didn’t provide much warmth. Camp Hale put the men’s toughness to a test. They forced the men to live in the outdoors for about a week in around 42 degrees below zero. This was known as the D-series. The soldiers were tough though. They would hang around wearing thin sweaters or shirts. While skiing men had to wear heavy backpacks. The backpacks were so heavy that if a man fell, two to three men would have to help him up. Despite the obstacles and challenges all of the men stuck together and kept on bright smiles.
During the D-series the soldiers were allowed three days off for a break. Most men went back to the barracks to see if they had received mail from their loved ones. After a soldier sent out some mail it would take about two weeks to get a message back. The way the mail was sent was the soldier would write the note and then pass it on to someone. That someone would pass it on to someone else (and so on) until it reached the person it was meant for. After the person receives it they will send a reply back the same way. It takes about one week to get to a person and around one week to get a reply back. The mail was very important to the soldiers. It was an update of how things were going back home.