The Luck Factor
Defining luck is tricky. It’s a hard concept to pin down. It can mean different things to different people.
We all have our own personal experiences with luck. For me, the most memorable began on Christmas Eve in 1944. L Company, 291st Regiment of the 75th Infantry Division was ordered to replace a worn-out cavalry unit in a holding position in the Ardennes Forest outside Manhay, Belgium. The temperature was below freezing and the accumulated snow was more than 3 feet deep over most of the landscape. Incoming artillery and mortar fire made the final hours of the march even more precarious, frightening, and uncomfortable.
The foxholes were already dug, fortunately, but every building that could have provided protection ...