The sniper has rightly been called the big-game hunter of the battlefield. For most soldiers combat is an impersonal affair of "us" against "them", but for the sniper it is a deadly one-to-one confrontation. He operates alone - or with a single companion - employing all the skills of a hunter to track his chosen target. He may have to remain in place for hours, sometimes even days, without making any movement that could betray his position, before he is able to fire the single shot that brings down his prey. Snipers have gained a reputation out of all proportion to the numbers involved - and have become a new battlefield elite. This book tells the story of snipers and sniping, following its historical and military development. It also analyses the special skills required of a sniper and considers his effectiveness in combat, and looks at the impact of modern technology on sniping. Among the major points of interest will be sniping 1900-1945, functions and attributes of the sniper, the US approach, the British and Commonwealth tradition, different national approaches, and the role of the sniper in the modern battlefield.
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Adrian Gilbert has written extensively on modern warfare, including his books, Sniper and Stalk & Kill. He lives in England.From Publishers Weekly:
British military historian Gilbert traces the development of combat sniping from the American Revolution to the present and explains how modern sniper training is applied to operations in the field. His survey is replete with sniper stories ranging from the mortal wounding of Lord Horatio Nelson at Trafalgar ("the most successful single shot in the history of sniping") to Marine Sgt. Carlos Hathcock's 93 confirmed kills in Vietnam. Gilbert provides a comprehensive account of the technological advances in rifles, ammunition, telescopic sights and night-vision devices and describes in detail how snipers are trained, a program that includes fieldcraft, camouflage, target identification, stalking, breath control, follow-through and marksmanship. The book will be disquieting to general readers but military buffs should find it engrossing. Photos.
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Book Description Sidgwick & Jackson Ltd, 1994. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0283061650