Sniping in the Great War

Sniping in the Great War

by Martin Pegler

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Overview

Military snipers are highly trained marksmen who target individual enemy soldiers. They are regarded as vital specialists in modern warfare, and their role evolved throughout the Great War. As Martin Pegler shows in this wide-ranging, authoritative study, the technique of sniping adapted rapidly to the conditions of static warfare that prevailed through much of the conflict.

His account follows the development of sniping from the early battles of 1914, through the trench fighting and the attributional offensives of the middle years, to the renewed open warfare of 1918. He concentrates on the continuous British and German sniping war on the Western Front, but he also looks at how snipers operated in other theaters, at Gallipoli and Salonika and on the Eastern Front. Sniper training, field craft and counter-sniping measures are described in detail.

There is a full reference section giving the specification of the sniping rifles of the period and assessing their effectiveness in combat. Also featured are vivid memoirs and eyewitness accounts that offer a fascinating insight into the lethal skill of Great War snipers and their deadly trade.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781783460847
Publisher: Pen and Sword
Publication date: 10/30/2008
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 988,569
File size: 32 MB
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About the Author

This is a ground-breaking multi-author work which includes contributions from the following best-selling sniper authors: Charles Henderson, Mark Spicer, Martin Pegle, Charles Strasser, Tom McKenney, Adrian Gilbert, Leroy Thompson, Harold Robbins and Roger Moorhhouse on Simo Haya.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations vi

Acknowledgements ix

Preface x

1 The Genesis of the Rifle 1

2 The Tools of the Trade 22

3 Early Days 45

4 The Tools for the Job 68

5 A Gradual Response 88

6 Selection and Training 115

7 The Commonwealth Snipers 143

8 The Beginning of the End 170

Sniper Sandy 196

Notes 197

Index 206

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*cuts herself deep then kills herself*