From the Preface:
“This handbook is an aid for soldiers in cold climates. However, expertise in dealing with cold-weather operations cannot be gained just from reading this handbook. To develop successful cold-weather field techniques, application training and operational experience are necessary. Additional information is available in FM 31-70, FM 31-71, FM 90-11 (TBP), and FM 9-207.
Military history of operations in northern areas shows that man’s success or failure is measured by his regard for the dominant characteristics of a cold-weather environment.
For a soldier to become a cold-weather expert, he must learn the techniques and rules needed to fight and live in a cold-weather climate.
The proponent of this publication is HQ TRADOC. Submit changes for improving this publication on DA Form 2028 (Recommended Changes to Publications and Blank Forms) and forward it to Commandant, US Army Infantry School, ATTN: ATSH-B, Fort Benning, Georgia 31905-5593.
Unless otherwise stated, whenever the masculine gender is used, both men and women are included.”