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Out of Nowhere: A history of the military sniper, from the Sharpshooter to Afghanistan
     

Out of Nowhere: A history of the military sniper, from the Sharpshooter to Afghanistan

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by Martin Pegler
 

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From the 18th century American War of Independence to World War Two, the history of the military sniper is one of indifference, unpreparedness and cost cutting. Despite the proven effectiveness of the rifleman in battle, during the first half of the 20th century was regarded as little more than a paid assassin, whose life if captured was forfeit. However, following

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From the 18th century American War of Independence to World War Two, the history of the military sniper is one of indifference, unpreparedness and cost cutting. Despite the proven effectiveness of the rifleman in battle, during the first half of the 20th century was regarded as little more than a paid assassin, whose life if captured was forfeit. However, following the undeniably effective use of such men in 21st century combat means that the value of the sniper has become gradually more appreciated by the military, and their prominence on the modern battlefield has increased significantly so that they are now regarded as one of the most vital battlefield specialists. This revised edition of Out of Nowhere is a chronological study of snipers, detailing their evolution, training, weaponry and actions, bringing their history right up to date with new material covering the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. There are also unique contributions from the men and women whose skills and extraordinary courage have made them the most greatly feared specialist in warfare.

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“This is the best book of its type to be published so far... The outstanding chapters on World War I and World War II are remarkably detailed.” —American Rifleman

“Accurate and informative, a must-read to understand the evolution of the modern sniper.” —Carey Fabian, Master Sergeant, AntiTerrorism Training Branch, USMC

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781849088756
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
09/20/2011
Series:
General Military
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
328
Sales rank:
286,760
File size:
5 MB

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Martin Pegler has a BA Hons in Medieval and Modern History and an MA in Museum Studies, both from University College, London, and was for many years the Senior Curator of Firearms at the Royal Armouries Museum, Leeds. Martin has established The Somme Historical Centre (www.martinpegler.com), where visitors can see the technology used in the 1914-18 trench warfare. He is currently an author and firearms consultant and he also lectures at local Great War museums. He is the author of a number of books including 'The Military Sniper since 1914' (Osprey, 2001), 'Firearms in the American West 1700-1900' (The Crowood Press, 2002), and the highly acclaimed 'Out of Nowhere: A History of the Military Sniper' (Osprey, 2004). In the 1980s he had the privilege of interviewing many World War I veterans about their wartime experiences, and the recordings are now part of the sound archives of the Imperial War Museum, London.

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