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Voices of Snipers (Hardback)

Eyewitness Accounts from the World Wars

Colour Books Military > Greenhill Books Military > Snipers

By John Walter, Foreword by Martin Pegler
Greenhill Books
Pages: 224
Illustrations: 24 colour & black and white illustrations
ISBN: 9781784386276
Published: 8th March 2022



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Based on an incredible breadth of first-hand testimony, this is a unique collection of eyewitness accounts from World War I and II.

John Walter draws on meticulous research and the reminiscences of more than fifty snipers, tracing their journeys from recruitment and selection through training, combat and its aftermath to reveal a surprising commonality of experience, even across nationalities.

Laying bare the triumphs and brutalities of sniping, the personalities and psychologies of those who found themselves doing it and considering the immediate implications on both the sniper and the wider theatre of war, this is a fascinating, detailed insight into frontline combat and the experience of sharpshooting in its historical context.

The book is appended with the complete diary of Russian sniper Roza Shanina, who is still celebrated today for her remarkable shooting accuracy and astonishing bravery. Her diary offers a rare insight into the complexities of what it was to be both a sniper and a woman on the frontline.

Another very well researched and put together book, which gives a very detailed insight into
the training, deployment and actions of snipers over both world wars.

Plenty of detail from training manuals and detail of diaries kept by the snipers themselves.

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About John Walter

John Walter is among the world’s most prolific writers on small arms, the author of seventy books, translated into more than a dozen languages. His published works include several studies of the Luger pistol; four editions of Rifles of the WorldThe Airgun BookThe Rifle Story and The Handgun Story; Guns of the Elite and its current successor, Guns of the Elite ForcesThe German RifleThe Greenhill Dictionary of Guns and Gunmakers and The Sniper Encyclopaedia.

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.

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