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The Sniper Anthology (Paperback)

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
Pages: 206
Illustrations: 50
ISBN: 9781526760692
Published: 18th November 2019


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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. These are highly disciplined individuals, calm professionals skilled in marksmanship, reconnaissance and camouflage. During the Second World War these lethal fighters were deployed by all sides to deadly effect.

This collection of biographies written by sniper experts from around the world explores the careers of the top marksmen between 1939 and 1945. 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 often 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 to The Sniper Anthology includes Mark Spicer writing on Harry M. Furness, the last surviving British sniper who went ashore on D-Day; Martin Pegler, who details the famous Soviet sniper Vassili Zaitsev; Adrian Gilbert on the Wehrmacht sharpshooter and lone wolf Sepp Allerberger; and Roger Moorhouse on Simo Hayha, the man with the most confirmed kills in any major war.

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.

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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

Featured ON THE BOOK SHELF with Neil Smith

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

Michael McCarthy

About Roger Moorhouse

Roger Moorhouse is a historian of the Third Reich. He is the author of the acclaimed Berlin at War, The Third Reich in 100 Objectsand has been published in more than 20 languages. He is also a tour guide, a book reviewer and a visiting professor at the College of Europe in Warsaw. You can follow him on Twitter at @Roger_Moorhouse.

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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