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 American War of Independence to World War II, the history of the military combat marksman is one of indifference and cost cutting. Despite the proven effectiveness of the rifleman in battle, for most of the 20th century snipers were regarded as little more than paid assassins. It was not until the Vietnam War that the undeniable effectiveness of the sniper… See more details below

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From the American War of Independence to World War II, the history of the military combat marksman is one of indifference and cost cutting. Despite the proven effectiveness of the rifleman in battle, for most of the 20th century snipers were regarded as little more than paid assassins. It was not until the Vietnam War that the undeniable effectiveness of the sniper was fully appreciated by the military, and with the advent of the 21st century, the sniper has become one of the most vital battlefield specialists. Illustrated throughout with colour and black and white photographs, this chronological study of snipers details their evolution, training, weaponry and tactics. It also includes material from the author’s first hand interviews with the veteran snipers whose skills and extraordinary courage have made them the most greatly feared specialists in warfare.


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Praise for the Hardcover Edition of "Out of Nowhere":

"Accurate and informative, a must-read to understand the evolution of the modern sniper." - Carey Fabian, Master Sergeant, Anti-Terrorism Training Branch, USMC

"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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781849088756
Publisher:
Osprey Publishing, Limited
Publication date:
09/20/2011
Series:
General Military
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
328
Sales rank:
405,536
File size:
5 MB

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