And that Sir, is where your point lays in cold and wet tatters.Except that wasn’t a patrol. And lots of soldiers got trench foot.
Your avoidance to answer any details about this hypothetical patrol says a lot.
If soldiers can remain effective in those conditions for weeks, what’s the big deal about being cold and wet for a day?
You seem keen to isolate the principle of minimal carriage to a specific hypothetical patrol.
Are you saying nothing can be eliminated from the loads carried on a routine patrol expected to last 24 hours?