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Take a look at how the US trains in winter warfare

Updated : February 22, 2019 10:05 AM IST

Hunkered down behind a wall of snow, two US Marines melt slush to make drinking water after spending the night digging out a defensive position high in the Sierra Nevada. Their laminated targeting map is wedged into the ice just below the machine gun. Nearly 8,000 feet (2,440 meters) up at a training center in the California mountains, the air is thin, the snow is chest high and the temperature is plunging. But other Marines just a few kilometers away are preparing to attack, and forces on both sides must be able to battle the enemy and the unforgiving environment. The exercise is designed to train troops for the next war — one the US believes will be against a more capable, high-tech enemy like Russia, North Korea or China. The weather conditions on the mountain mimic the kind of frigid fight that forces could face in one of those future hotspots.

A group of US Marines walks along a snow-covered trail during advanced cold-weather training at the Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center on Sunday, February 10, 2019, in Bridgeport, California. After 17 years of war against Taliban and al-Qaida-linked insurgents, the military is shifting its focus to better prepare for great-power competition with Russia and China, and against unpredictable foes such as North Korea and Iran. (AP)
A group of US Marines walks along a snow-covered trail during advanced cold-weather training at the Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center on Sunday, February 10, 2019, in Bridgeport, California. After 17 years of war against Taliban and al-Qaida-linked insurgents, the military is shifting its focus to better prepare for great-power competition with Russia and China, and against unpredictable foes such as North Korea and Iran. (AP)
US Marines gather for a debrief during advanced cold-weather training at the Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center Sunday, February 10, 2019, in Bridgeport, California. (AP)
US Marines gather for a debrief during advanced cold-weather training at the Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center Sunday, February 10, 2019, in Bridgeport, California. (AP)
US Marines take their positions during advanced cold-weather training at the Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center Sunday, February 10, 2019, in Bridgeport, California. (AP)
US Marines take their positions during advanced cold-weather training at the Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center Sunday, February 10, 2019, in Bridgeport, California. (AP)
A group of US Marines walk along a snow-covered trail during advanced cold-weather training at the Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center Sunday, February 10, 2019, in Bridgeport, California. (AP)
A group of US Marines walk along a snow-covered trail during advanced cold-weather training at the Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center Sunday, February 10, 2019, in Bridgeport, California. (AP)
A US Marine covers a machine gun in a trench while preparing for advanced cold-weather training at the Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center on Saturday, February 9, 2019, in Bridgeport, California. (AP)
A US Marine covers a machine gun in a trench while preparing for advanced cold-weather training at the Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center on Saturday, February 9, 2019, in Bridgeport, California. (AP)
A US Marine takes his position during advanced cold-weather training at the Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center on Sunday, February 10, 2019, in Bridgeport.  (AP)
A US Marine takes his position during advanced cold-weather training at the Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center on Sunday, February 10, 2019, in Bridgeport.  (AP)
A US Marine walks into a tent during advanced cold-weather training at the Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center on Saturday, February 9, 2019, in Bridgeport. (AP)
A US Marine walks into a tent during advanced cold-weather training at the Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center on Saturday, February 9, 2019, in Bridgeport. (AP)
US Marines walk along a snow-covered trail during their advanced cold-weather training at the Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center on Sunday, February 10, 2019, in Bridgeport. (AP)
US Marines walk along a snow-covered trail during their advanced cold-weather training at the Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center on Sunday, February 10, 2019, in Bridgeport. (AP)
US Marines boils water in a trench during advanced cold-weather training at the Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center on Saturday, February 9, 2019, in Bridgeport (AP)
US Marines boils water in a trench during advanced cold-weather training at the Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center on Saturday, February 9, 2019, in Bridgeport (AP)
Empty MRE packages are covered in snow as US Marines prepare for advanced cold-weather training at the Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center Saturday, February 9, 2019, in Bridgeport. (AP)
Empty MRE packages are covered in snow as US Marines prepare for advanced cold-weather training at the Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center Saturday, February 9, 2019, in Bridgeport. (AP)
A group of US Marines walk along a snow-covered trail during their advanced cold-weather training at the Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center on Sunday, February 10, 2019, in Bridgeport (AP)
A group of US Marines walk along a snow-covered trail during their advanced cold-weather training at the Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center on Sunday, February 10, 2019, in Bridgeport (AP)
Second Lt. Brendan Dixon, of Hampton Roads, Va., listens to Col. Kevin Hutchison during advanced cold-weather training at the Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center on Saturday, February 9, 2019, in Bridgeport. (AP)
Second Lt. Brendan Dixon, of Hampton Roads, Va., listens to Col. Kevin Hutchison during advanced cold-weather training at the Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center on Saturday, February 9, 2019, in Bridgeport. (AP)
Maj. Gen. William F Mullen, head of the Marine's Training and Education Command, listens to a debrief during advanced cold-weather training at the Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center Sunday, February 10, 2019, in Bridgeport. (AP)
Maj. Gen. William F Mullen, head of the Marine's Training and Education Command, listens to a debrief during advanced cold-weather training at the Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center Sunday, February 10, 2019, in Bridgeport. (AP)
A US Marine sits in a trench during advanced cold-weather training at the Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center Saturday, February 9, 2019, in Bridgeport. (AP)
A US Marine sits in a trench during advanced cold-weather training at the Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center Saturday, February 9, 2019, in Bridgeport. (AP)
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