US Army TC 21-3 Soldier’s Handbook for Individual Operations and Survival in Cold-Weather Areas


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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.”

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Publication Date:

March 1986

Distribution Restrictions:

Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited.

This publication supersedes:

TC 21-3, 30 September 1974


  • DA Pam 20-201 Military Improvisations During the Russian Campaign
  • DA Pam 20-203 Russian Combat Methods in World War II
  • DA Pam 20-231 Combat in Russian Forests and Swamps
  • DA Pam 20-234 Operations of Encircled Forces: German Experiences in Russia
  • DA Pam 20-236 Night Combat
  • DA Pam 20-240 Rear Area Security in Russia: The Soviet Second Front Behind the
    German Lines
  • DA Pam 20-269 Small Unit Actions During the German Campaign in Russia
  • DA Pam 20-271 The German Northern Theater of Operations, 1940-1945
  • DA Pam 20-290 Terrain Factors in the Russian Campaign
  • DA Pam 20-292 Warfare in the Far North
  • FM 9-207 Operation and Maintenance of Ordnance Materiel in Cold Weather (0
    to -65F)
  • FM 31-70 Basic Cold Weather Manual
  • FM 31-71 Northern Operations
  • FM 90-6 Mountain Operations
  • FM 90-11 (TBP) Winter Operations
  • TC 90-11-1 Military Skiing

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