Yes, the black & white takes us back in time doesn't it ?
I was suggesting the snow as the fighting in Bastonge took place in winter and covered in snow.
Hard to create these conditions in summer indeed, unless you would use snow-spray. But if you do that in august, they might come to take you away.
Anyway, I love your pic Tim !
You need to come down to Belgium and we'll take our men to the correct place for some VAM-reenacting.