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Sniper Anthology (Hardback)

Snipers of the Second World War

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By Martin Pegler, Introduction by John Plaster
Frontline Books
Pages: 256
ISBN: 9781848326255
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.

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

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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