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The Sniper Anthology (Hardback)

Snipers of the Second World War

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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.

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

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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