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The Sniper Anthology (ePub)

Snipers of the Second World War

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By Adrian Gilbert, Lt Col Tom C McKenney, Dan Mills, Roger Moorhouse, Tim Newark, Martin Pegler, Charles W Sasser, Mark Spicer, Leroy Thompson, Joshua B Tonkin, Introduction by John Plaster
Frontline Books
File Size: 3.6 MB (.epub)
Pages: 256
Illustrations: 50
ISBN: 9781781596593
Published: 18th January 2012


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Revered by some as the ultimate warrior and condemned by others as ruthless assassins – the combat sniper is more than just a crack shot. They are highly disciplined, calm professionals skilled in marksmanship, reconnaissance and camouflage. During the Second World War these lethal fighters were deployed by both sides to deadly effect. This new collection of biographies, written by leading military historians, explores the careers of the top snipers of the war. Each author supplies full details of their subject – drawing on remarkable first-hand accounts that have never been published before – to give a graphic insight into a sniper's skill. As well as providing incisive technical information, each author offers a glimpse of the character and personality of their chosen sniper, giving them a human face that is missing in standard portrayals.These gripping, in-depth narratives go beyond the cursory treatment in existing histories and will be essential reading for anyone wanting to learn about the role and technique of the sniper during the Second World War

The impressive list of contributors includes:

ADRIAN GILBERT writing on the Werhmacht sharpshooter and 'lone wolf ' Sepp Allerberger
TOM C. MCKENNEY on West Tennesee-born marksman Bert Wilson Kemp
DAN MILLS on the British Army sniper Patrick Devlin
ROGER MOORHOUSE on Simo Häyhä – the most prolific shooter of the Second World War
TIM NEWARK on Operation Foxley, British sniping and the hunt for Hitler
MARTIN PEGLER on the Soviet sniper Vassili Zaitsev
CHARLES W. SASSER on the deadly Soviet markswomen Lyudmila Pavlichenko
MARK SPICER on Harry Furness – the last surviving British sniper who went ashore on D-Day
LEROY THOMPSON on Captain C. Shore – the British sniper, trainer, theorist and historian
JOHN B. TONKIN on Japanese snipers
The book also includes an Introduction by John L. Plaster, leading sniper expert and bestselling author of The Ultimate Sniper: An Advanced Training Manual for Military and Police Snipers.

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WW2 Today

Each sniper’s story is rather different, given their personalities, the uniqueness of each one’s combat environment, training, and equipment. But each story also yields some interesting insights in the selection, training, and equipping of snipers, and also their methodology and operations.

The Sniper Anthology is a good read about one of the more arcane aspects of modern warfare.

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Strategy Page

Each sniper’s story is rather different, but each one also yields some interesting insights in the selection, training, and equipping of snipers, and also their methodology and operations. A good read about one of the more arcane aspects of modern warfare.

The NYMAS Review, Spring 2020

I thought this book was going to be a bit dull and hard-going, or at least it was a book my teenage son would prefer to read, but I can honestly say that I was surprised as it was very intriguing indeed. Written by different authors respected authors of the history genre, they each take a chapter and focus in on a specialist sniper. Some of the men and women included are Simo Hayha, Lyudmila Pavlichenko, Bert Kemp, Clifford Shore and more. Having not really looked at ‘the sniper’ I came into this not really knowing much, but came away from the book learning an awful lot. I had never considered a woman being a top sniper, in such a world that is dominated by men. In a very dark way they are very impressive individuals, to be that good and so well disciplined in what must be such a cold act. Also they weren’t using rifles we see today, these were rifles of the World War Two era.

Although I had started this book a bit sceptic about reading it, to be honest I couldn’t put this book down, as it was a really fascinating read from the start to end. To be honest the chapters were all written by different people but this didn’t affect the telling as they were all excellent in telling the experiences of the snipers. I would most definitely recommend this book for all to read and I would give it an impressive 5 out of 5 stars.

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UK Historian

This is one of those books that you just pick up and read and keep going due to the compressed nature of each chapter, you will find time passing quickly without having noticed. The text is a little on the small size for my old eyes, but the font chosen helps to keep it clear. The authors have written in their own styles and in some cases that fact is obvious. This is a nice book to pick up as its very affordable and perhaps read on the bus, train, plane or just to while away a couple of hours in quiet thought.

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Produced from the contributions of leading specialists in the field, this book provides the most faceted study of snipers during WWII. The sniper of WWII descended from the earliest shooters, firing from places of concealment and, more recently, from the snipers of WWI who were the scourge of the trenches. – Highly Recommended.

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This anthology is a concise look at the soldiers who did a tough, hazardous job in dicey conditions. Recommended for WW2 enthusiasts.

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Daily Mirror 22/1/20

The remarkable stories of battlefield snipers - including two sharp-shooting Soviet women - have been revealed in a fascinating new book.

Daily Mail

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A solid introductory level primer on an interesting if perhaps rather specialist subject.

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A Question Of Scale, Seb Palmer

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Wargames Illustrated, November 2019

Like most anthologies, this book can be dipped into during spare moments and would be a wonderful companion on a long train journey or business trip. It will appeal to both collectors of world war sniping rifles and equipment as well students of military marksmanship history. Highly recommended.

Classic Arms and Militaria

The Sniper Anthology is a collection of accounts of particular individuals that became known for their skills as snipers as well of stories of sniper operations. These cover the escapades of German, Japanese, Finnish and British snipers and even a Russian sniper, during the Second World War.

Britain at War

An interesting series of stories of the wartime actions of snipers from many countries. Despite the subject and the fact of what snipers do, it is a light read and a good insight to the conditions in which a sniper operates.

Michael McCarthy. Battlefield Guide

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About Roger Moorhouse

Roger Moorhouse is an historian of the Third Reich. He is the author of the acclaimed Hitler's Third Reich in 100 Objects and The Devil's Alliance, and has been published in more than 20 languages. He is also a tour guide and visiting professor at Warsaw's College of Europe. You can see him on Twitter at @Roger_Moorhouse.

About Tim Newark

Tim Newark is the author of numerous critically acclaimed military history books, including The BarbariansWar in BritainWhere They FellTurning the Tide of War, and Camouflage. He was also the scriptwriter and historical consultant for a six-part TV documentary series on World War II for BBC Worldwide. He lives in Bath.

About Martin Pegler

Martin Pegler was curator of firearms at the Royal Armouries for twenty years and during his career shoot almost every historic and current sniping rifle. He is the author of a dozen books about firearms, but specialises in the development sniper and technology of sniping. He lives in France with his wife.

About Charles W Sasser

CHARLES W. SASSER is a veteran of both the U.S. Navy (journalist) and U.S. Army (Special Forces, the Green Berets). His many other books include Raider and Patton’s Panthers, and he was a contributor to Frontline’s The Sniper Anthology.

About Mark Spicer

Mark Spicer is a foremost sniper instructor who has trained snipers of many of the world’s military and paramilitary forces, including the US Marine Corps and Britain’s SAS. He was the expert witness during the ‘Washington Beltway Sniper’ trials, and also writes and broadcasts on the art of sniping in war and antiterrorist environments.

About Leroy Thompson

Leroy Thompson is one of the worlds leading authorities on special army and police units. He is the author of several books on the subject including The Bodyguard Manual, The Hostage Rescue Manual and Secret Techniques of the Elite Forces. He lives in the USA.

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