I began reading Jeff Shaara’s No Less Than Victory about the time this cold spell hit us.

The historical novel begins in December of 1944 in the Ardennes just as the Germans begin their offensive that became known as the Battle of the Bulge.

As I read about soldiers freezing to the bottoms and sides of their foxholes as they slept, trying desperately to keep their toes from freezing in plain leather combat boots with no lining or Gore-Tex, with field jackets made of cotton and wool with no down lining, suddenly our cold wave seems a minor inconvenience.