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    In March, US Marine Corps took part in Joint Viking exercise near the Norwegian-Russian border to protect the Nordic country from the perceived Russian threat. Later, it turned that it was the biting frost, not aggressive Russians that threatened the wellbeing of the American troops.

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    The troops repeatedly struggled with inflexible zippers, seams that separated and tore, pack frames that snapped, and boots that pulled loose from ski fastenings over and over. The cold, it seems, took the upper hand.

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