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“From the field kitchen came the clanking of utensils, a sound immediately swallowed by the snow. A man was building a fire to make coffee. I went over to him, curious about the temperature. It’s 36 degrees below zero, Celsius, he said. If he was right, this was the absolute record we had experienced to date. Farther back, I saw a head-high mass that somehow struck me as being alive. I suddenly became aware it was our mules who had been standing there all night under their white, frozen blankets, tightly huddled together in a consice circle, heads in the middle and backs exposed to the cold-motionless, not a flicker of their ears betraying they were alive, patiently holding out in the cold darkness with endless endurance. I felt warm affection for them. Without them, we would be lost up here. They were right in calling our pack animals "Comrade Mule”“

- Black Edelweiss A Memoir of Combat and Conscience by a Soldier of the Waffen-SS By Johann Voss

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