These 16 photos show how even the harshest elements cannot stop the US military

Photo: Sgt. Kevin Maynard/US Marine Corps

Throughout history, many powerful armies were defeated due to it being ill-equipped or unprepared for inclement weather.

Even the US military has a storied history with the merciless mother nature — from the early days of Valley Forge to the Battle of the Bulge, years of fighting in campaigns throughout the world has given the American army knowledge into being prepared for adverse weather patterns.

Here’s 17 pictures that show how the US military operates within the snow:

An officer from the Army Mountain Warfare School observes soldiers climbing Smugglers' Notch during their final phase of the Basic Military Mountaineering course.

A US Army soldier provides security using his M240B machine gun during a unit reconnaissance patrol in Hohenfels, Germany.

The guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) transits the Black Sea.

Paratroopers fire a 105mm Howitzer in Alaska.

US Marines pull a Marine Corps Cold Weather Infantry Kit, or MCCWIK sled up a slope during a field exercise aboard Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center, Bridgeport, California. The MCCWIK allows service members to move equipment over snow-covered terrain that vehicles are unable to traverse.

A US Marine with the Black Sea Rotational Force spends time with a Norwegian search-and-rescue dog during cold-weather training aboard Skoganvarre, Norway.

US Army paratroopers practice a tactical halt with the new Light Tactical All Terrain Vehicle.

F-16 Fighting Falcons taxi down the runway in Alaska.

Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne) practice a variety of shooting techniques with their M4A1 rifles in Germany.

Two AH-64D Apache helicopters approach the flight line as snow capped mountains provide the backdrop.

Paratroopers practice a forced-entry parachute assault in Alaska.

US Marines and Japan Ground Self-Defence Force soldiers practice cross-country skiing at the Yausubetsu Training Area, Hokkaido, Japan.

A UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter gets run up to ensure mission readiness during a snow storm on Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan.

US Army mine clearing line explosive charges launch in Afghanistan. The route clearing procedure was to deploy a mine clearing line charge to destroy possible improvised explosive device.

US Airmen work with Marines at a forward area refuelling point, in support of humanitarian assistance and disaster relief efforts in Japan.

US Marines participate in the opening ceremony for the Grand Rapids Pond Hockey Classic. The Marines braved sub-zero wind chill temperatures to present the colours on the frozen surface of Reeds Lake in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

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