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Sniper: The Skills, the Weapons, and the Experiences

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An acclaimed military historian leads you into the world of the combat sniper-on the safe side of the crosshairs...

From the black-powder chaos of the American Revolution to the bitter carnage of Vietnam, he is a presence as familiar to war as death itself. He is the combat sniper-revered as the ultimate warrior by some and reviled as a monster by those who have known the terror of his invisible ambush.

As the "Wild Boys" who crawled the ...

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Overview

An acclaimed military historian leads you into the world of the combat sniper-on the safe side of the crosshairs...

From the black-powder chaos of the American Revolution to the bitter carnage of Vietnam, he is a presence as familiar to war as death itself. He is the combat sniper-revered as the ultimate warrior by some and reviled as a monster by those who have known the terror of his invisible ambush.

As the "Wild Boys" who crawled the no-man's-land between the trenches in WWI, terrorizing the enemy and dodging fire from the shelter of shell craters.

As the officer-hunting German snipers is WWII's Normandy-so unnerving that hardened commanders began to disguise their rank.

As the men who boasted a shot/ill ration of 1.7 to 1 in Vietnam-a figure that was 50,000 to 1 among general soldiers.

From the evolution of the art, to firsthand accounts of legendary exploits, through the basics of sniper training, Sniper traces the development of these feared huntsmen, marking their historical battles and their pivotal role in modern forces.

Includes 8 pages of authentic action photographs!

From the evolution of the art, to firsthand accounts of legendary exploits, through the basics of sniper training, Sniper traces the development of these most feared huntsmen, marking their historical battles and their pivotal role in modern forces. Includes eight pages of authentic action photos. (Military History)

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"Engrossing." --Publishers Weekly

"Comprehensive." --Military Book Club

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A study of combat sniping, its historical background, and technical innovations such as the development of the sniper rifle, and the impact of the electronic revolution on sniping. Includes eyewitness accounts of sniper battles in WWII, Vietnam, and the Gulf War, and discusses camouflage, wound ballistics, and sniper training. Provides technical details and descriptions of rifles and ammunition, illustrated with b&w photos. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312957667
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/1996
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 4.26 (w) x 6.68 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet the Author

Adrian Gilbert has written extensively on modern warfare, including his books, Sniper and Stalk & Kill. He lives in England.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Figures in the text
Introduction
A note on measurements
Pt. 1 The Historical Background
1 Riflemen and Skirmishers 3
2 The American Civil War 13
3 Sniping and Nineteenth-Century Technology 26
Pt. 2 Sniping in the Two World Wars
4 The Sniper Emerges: 1914-16 37
Trench Warfare 37
Gallipoli Adventure 49
Violence and Moderation 54
5 A Fully-Fledged Article: The Sniper 1916-18 58
The New Professionals 58
Sniper versus Sniper 60
Camouflage and Observation 68
6 The Second World War 76
Opening Rounds 76
Barbarossa and After 79
War in the West 92
Sniping in the Pacific 103
Pt. 3 The Modern Sniper
7 The Korean War 113
8 Wound Ballistics 122
9 The War in Vietnam 132
Snipers from the North 135
The Marine Corps Response 140
The Army Sniper Programme 153
Technology and the Sniper 158
10 British Sniping After 1945 162
11 The Basics of Sniper Training 173
Marksmanship 174
Field Training 183
Sniper Employment 194
12 The Sniper Training Course 198
13 Sniping in Recent Conflicts 207
14 The Sniper Today 220
Pt. 4 Weapons of War
15 Rifles 233
16 Ammunition 261
Notes 265
Bibliography 277
Index 284
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  • Posted January 31, 2011

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    Enthralling account of the developing role of snipers through history

    I first read "Sniper" in 2001 or 2002, and have found myself re-reading it at least 4 times since.

    A fast paced account describing the emergence of snipers in the militar and further development of their role throughout history. The author's descriptive wordsmithing makes "Sniper" read more like a work of fiction than a documentary, but still offers high level detail on the historical involvement of snipers in various military branches, American and European alike.

    The author tackles a huge task with this 300pg work. The range of topics covered in "Sniper" is impressive, however, author Adrian Gilbert manages to offer high-level detail on each topic, while still maintaining a gentle flow, without getting bogged down in excessive detail. The author conveys a large amount of information in a format that is still entertaining to read. Enough detail is provided (plus excellent bibliographical references) to satisfy the appetite of military historians looking for "research-worthy" detail, precision shooters looking for a leg up in competition, or professional snipers in search of a training aid. However, casual readers with an interest in military history, precision shooting, or sniper fieldcraft will also find the book engrossing and entertaining.

    On a side note, paint ball players or hunters with an interest in military history will find "Sniper" to be a valuable training aid, from fieldcraft and camouflage techniques such as camouflage selection and application or ghillie suit construction, to high level ballistic performance information on wind estimation and long range shooting techniques.

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