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Sniper in Helmand (Paperback)

Six Months on the Frontline

Military > Post-WWII Warfare > Afghanistan War Military > SAS & Special Forces

By James Cartwright, Foreword by Andy McNab
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Pages: 192
Illustrations: 32 black and white illustrations
ISBN: 9781399013444
Published: 4th June 2021



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Few soldiers are deemed good enough to be selected and trained as snipers and even fewer qualify. As a result, snipers are regarded as the elite of their units and their skills command the ungrudging respect of their fellows - and the enemy. The Author is one such man who recently served a full tour of duty with 1st Battalion the Royal Anglian Regiment in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.

James describes the highs and lows of almost daily front line action experienced by our soldiers deployed on active service in arguably the most dangerous area of the world. As part of the Battle Group's crack Mobile Operations Group, James's mission was to liquidate as many Taliban as possible. The reader experiences sniper tactics and actions, whether in ambush or quick pre-planned strikes, amid the ever present lethal danger of IEDs.

His book, the first to written by a trained sniper in Afghanistan, reveals the psychological pressures and awesome life-and-death responsibility of his role and, in particular, the deadly cat-and-mouse "games• with the enemy snipers intent on their own kills. These involved the clinical killing of targets at ranges of 1,000 metres or greater. Sniper in Helmand is a thrilling action-packed, yet very human, account of both front line service in the intense Afghanistan war and first-hand sniper action. Andy McNab inspired James to join the army and has written a moving foreword.

The author has produced a book that conveys the realities of life for the sniper in Afghanistan, the highs and lows, the fear, boredom and excitement. This is a book that is compulsive and totally absorbing. It paints a graphic picture that introduces the sniper and the many pressures, psychological and physical. It is a thrilling and action-packed story and provides a related view of the other arms that integrate with the sniper.


Gripping reading. He tells his story in everyday soldier's English.... but he still conveys the pressures that solders are under. Highly recommended.


Contains some interesting details on weapons and other equipment that makes the reader want to learn more.


This book, the first to be written by a trained sniper in arguably the most dangerous area of the world, is a first-hand account that reveals the psychological pressures and responsibility of his role.

Britain at War

James Cartwright, a highly trained and deadly British Army sniper, talks exclusively to Nuts about taking on the Taliban in their own back yard...

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About James Cartwright

James Cartwright writes under a pseudonym for security reasons.

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The Author sets the scene with his early experiences as a sniper during his 2004 Cimic House Al-Amarah tour in Iraq where hard lessons were learnt. Next stop after rigorous training came participation on Op HERRICK 8/9 in Helmand District, Afghanistan. Having already been a Sniper Instructor for eight years by the start of the Helmand Tour, he is well qualified to explain sniping tactics and techniques in fascinating detail. Together with the operational background, his descriptions of many sniper engagements during the Battalion group's eventful and gruelling tour, make this a thrilling and instructive…

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