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Eastern Front Sniper (Hardback)

The Life of Matthäus Hetzenauer

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By Roland Kaltenegger, Foreword by Martin Pegler
Greenhill Books
Pages: 149
ISBN: 9781784382162
Published: 18th April 2017

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Eastern Front Sniper is a long overdue and comprehensive biography of one of World War II’s most accomplished snipers.

Mathäus Hetzenauer, the son of a Tyrolean peasant family, was born in December 1924. He was drafted into the Mountain Reserve Battalian 140 at the age of 18 but discharged five month’s later.

He received a new draft notice in January 1943 for a post in the Styrian Truppenübungsplatz Seetal Alps where he met some of the best German snipers and learned his art.

Hetzenauer went on to fight in Romania, Eastern Hungary and in Slovakia. As recognition for his more than 300 confirmed kills he was awarded on the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross on April 17, 1945.

After nearly five years of Soviet captivity Mathäus Hetzenauer returned to Austria on January 10, 1950. He lived in the Tyrol's Brixen Valley until his death on 3 October of 2004.

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About Roland Kaltenegger

Roland Kaltenegger is the author of more than ten books on World War II including The Mountain Troops Of the Waffen-SS 1941-1945 and Weapons and Equipment Of the German Mountain Troops In World War II Martin Pegler is the Britain’s foremost authority on military firearms and specialises in the subject of military sniping. His specialist professional hands-on knowledge of the development of military firearms, ammunition and ballistics, gained during 20 years as Senior Curator of Weapons at the Royal Armouries Museum, is unparalleled.


About Martin Pegler

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.

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