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Field Manuals - best ones to read/acquire in bold

Army field manuals (FMs) are usually given a two number designation. The first set of numbers pertain to a specific area, such as Individual Soldier Field Manuals (21) or Ordnance Field Manuals (9). The second number designates the specific manual. Technical manuals (TMs) are organized in a similar fashion. For a more complete listing please visit this site.

FM 21-10 - Military Sanitation
"Military sanitation is the Army way of keeping soldiers healthy, and preventing the spread of disease. Its primary aim is to keep as many men as possible in fighting trim, physically and mentally."

FM 21-11 - First Aid for Soldiers
"The purpose of this manual is to teach the soldier what he can do for himself or a fellow soldier if injury or sickness occurs when no medical officer or Medical Department soldier is nearby." A good manual to read in case you or another are wounded, for real or fake!

FM 21-20 - Physical Training
"To perform his duties satisfactorily, the soldier must possess great organic vigor, muscular and nervous strength, endurance, and agility." Read this manual while doing push-ups.

FM 21-75 - Scouting, Patrolling, and Sniping
"Commanders must have accurate, detailed, and timely information about the enemy, the terrain, and the neighboring troops for successful combat. Well-trained scouts and capably led patrols are among the agencies which furnish them such information."

FM21-100 - Soldier's Handbook (A MUST READ!)
The end all be all manual. It's a soldier's introduction to military life, discipline, courtesy, insignia, uniforms, arms, equipment, squad and platoon drill, movement, maps and compasses, bivouacs, security, sanitation, and first aid. If there is one manual to start reading at, it is this one. 

FM 22-5 - Infantry Drill Regulations
Covers squad drill, platoon, and company.

FM 23-5 - US Rifle Caliber .30 M1 (aka the M1 Garand)
"This manual is a guide for commanders and instructors in presenting instruction and training in the mechanical operation of the M1 rifle."

FM 31-15 - Operations in Snow and Extreme Cold
" published for the information and guidance of all concerned. This manual deals primarily with the special conditions confronting troops in snow and extreme cold and the special measures required to meet those conditions satisfactorily."

FM 70-10 - Mountain Operations
This manual is going to cover specific things pertaining to working in the mountains and snow. It covers a great deal on the different obstacles presented by mountainous terrain not experienced on flat terrain. 

FM 70-15 - Operations in Snow and Extreme Cold
Another manual very similar to FM 31-15. They are different, so browse both.

Technical Manuals - best ones to read/acquire in bold

Books & Magazines - best ones to read/acquire in bold

Barrett, George. "10th Mountain Division." Yank American Edition 3 (April 1945): 8 - 9.
Burton, Hal. The Ski Troops. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1971.
Casewit, Curtis W. Mountain Troopers! The Story of the Tenth Mountain Division. New York: Crowell, 1972.
--. The Saga of the Mountain Soldiers. The Story of the 10th Mountain Division. New York: Julian Messner, 1981.
Clyma, Carleton B., ed. Connecticut Men of the 10th Mountain Division, September 1945. Hartford, 1945.
Dawson, Then (as told to Ethel Severson Van Degrift). "Warriors on Skis: Our Mountain Troops in Italy." Ski Illustrated 10 (January                 1946): 8- 11 ff.
Dole, Minot (Minnie). Adventures in Skiing. New York: Franklin Watts, 1965.
Dusenbery, Harris, The North Apennines and Beyond with the 10th Mountain Division, Binford & Mort, 1998
---- Ski the High Trail: WW2 Ski Troopers in the High Colorado Rockies, Binford & Mort, 1991
Finito! The Po Valley Campaign, 1945. Milan, Italy: Rizzoli, 1945.
Fisher, Ernest F., Jr. Cassino to the Alps. United States Army in World War II. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1977.
Feuer, A.B., Packs On!, Memoirs of the 10th Mountain Division in WW2, Stackpole Military Press, 2004
Govan, Thomas P. History of the 10th Light Division (Alpine). Historical Section, Army Ground Forces Study No. 28, 1946.
--. Training for Mountain and Winter Warfare. Historical Section, Army Ground Forces Study No. 23, 1946.
Hagen, Harold K. "War Reunion in Italy." SAGA: True Adventures for Men 27 (February 1964): 58 - 63ff.
Harper, Frank. Night Climb: The Story of the Skiing Tenth. New York: Longmans, Green and Co., 1946.
Hartley, William B., and Morton, M. R., eds. Tenth Infantry Division. Atlanta: Albert Love Enterprises, 1944.
Jacobs, Bruce. Soldiers: The Fighting Divisions of the Regular Army. New York: W. W. Norton and Co., 1958.
Jay, John C. Mountain Training Center. Historical Section, Army Ground Forces Study No. 24, 1946.
O'Rear, John, and O'Rear, Frankie. Ski Down the Years. New York: Award House, 1966.
Kahn, E. J.,Jr., and McLemore, H. Fighting Divisions. Washington: Infantry Journal Press, 1945. Reprint. Washington: Zenger Publishing Co., 1980.
Keller, Julius. From Riva Ridge to Rival New York: Vantage Press, 1974.
Lockwood, Theodore, ed. Mountaineers. Denver: Artcraft Press, 1945.
19 Days from the Apennines to the Alps. The Story of the Po Valley Campaign. Milan, Italy: Pizzi and Pizio, 1945.
McKay, Jenkins, The Last Ridge, Random House, 2003
Pote, Winston. Mountain Troops. 10th Mountain Division, Camp Hale, Colorado. Camden, Maine, 1982.
Starr, Chester G., ed. From Salerno to the Alps, A History of the Fifth 1943 - 1945.
Sanders, Charles. The Boys of Winter, 1958, Paperback edition: University Press of Colorado
Washington: Infantry Journal Press, 1948. Reprint. Nashville: Battery Press, 1979.
Story of the 10th Infantry Division. Dallas: Taylor Publishing Co., 1957.
Templeton, Kenneth Stewart, comp. 10th Mountain Division, America's Ski Troops. Chicago, 1945.
10th lnfantry Division, Fort Riley, Kansas. Marceline; Mo.: Walsworth Publishing Co., 1954.
Thruelsen, Richard. "The 10th Caught it All at Once." Saturday Evening Post 218 (8 December 1945): 2-27ff.
Truscott, Lucian K., Jr. Command Missions: A Personal Story. New York: E. P. Dutton and Co., 1954

Film & Video best ones to view/acquire in bold