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An actual definition for "winter soldier" somewhere would be nice. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 184.108.40.206 (talk) 04:54, 1 February 2014 (UTC)
It's use in this context is described here. Other definitions may be found here. Xenophrenic (talk) 18:58, 1 February 2014 (UTC)
Neither of those two links are of any help in providing a definition for the term "winter soldier". The first merely explains why "winter soldier" was chosen as the name of the investigation. The second just takes me to other uses of "winter soldier" with no explanation of the term. I mentioned the need for a "definition"--in other words, its meaning, not its use. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 220.127.116.11 (talk) 01:36, 8 April 2014 (UTC)
I wondered the same thing. The essay by Paine gives the original metaphor. It is at http://www.ushistory.org/Paine/crisis/singlehtml.htm. It begins: "THESE are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph." (italics mine) It goes on to mention winter 14 times, in the context of privations, though it doesn't use the phrase "winter soldier" not define it except implicitly by the contrast to summer soldier. 18.104.22.168 (talk) 21:01, 2 June 2014 (UTC)