Sniper Anthology: Snipers of the Second World War

Martin Pegler [Editor]; John L. Plaster [Introduction];

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Dramatic first-hand accounts of daring sniper missions.

Revered by some as the ultimate warrior and condemned by others as ruthless assassins, the combat sniper is more than just a crack shot. This collection of biographies, written by leading military historians, explores the careers of the top snipers of World War II. Remarkable resources including firsthand accounts provide the authors insight into the snipers' skill and personae. These gripping, in-depth narratives go beyond the cursory treatment in existing histories and are essential reading for anyone wanting to learn about the role and technique of the sniper during the Second World War.

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Definitive biographies of the top marksmen of the Second World War

Detailed and complete picture of sniper warfare

Dramatic firsthand accounts of the most daring missions of the war

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 World War II, 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 firsthand accounts that have never been published before-to give 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 snipers, 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 are 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 include Tom C. McKenney writing on Bert Kemp, Mark Spicer writing on Harry M. Furness, Martin Pegler on the famous Soviet sniper Vassili Zaitsev, Charles W. Sasser on the Soviet markswoman Lyudmila Pavlichenko, Adrian Gilbert on the Werhmacht sharpshooter and "lone wolf" Sepp Allerberger, Leroy Thompson on the British sniper Capt. Charles Shore, and Roger Moorhouse on Simo H�yh�, the man with the most confirmed kills in any major war.

THE CONTRIBUTORS

Lt. Col. Tom C. McKenney is a decorated veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps. He is the author of the best-selling Jack Hinson's One-Man War.

Adrian Gilbert has written extensively on military history in the twentieth century. He has a special interest in sniping and sharpshooting.

Dan Mills joined the British Army at sixteen. He was awarded Britain's oldest award, a Mention in Dispatches, for gallantry in March 2005 for his actions in Iraq.

Roger Moorhouse is a historian and author. He is a regular contributor and reviewer for several British publications.

Tim Newark is the former editor of Military Illustrated. He has worked as a historical consultant on TV documentaries for BBC Worldwide and the History Channel.

Martin Pegler was curator of firearms at the Royal Armouries for twenty years. He specializes in the development and technology of sniping. He appears regularly as a militaria specialist on the BBC's Antiques Roadshow.

Charles W. Sasser is a respected military writer and combat veteran who served with the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Army Special Forces.

Mark Spicer is a twenty-five-year veteran of the British Army, having served as a sniper and sniper platoon commander. During his military service, he wrote the British Army's field manual for snipers.

Leroy Thompson has trained tactical units, including snipers, for more than thirty years. He writes articles on tactical weapons including new sniping rifles and optics.

John B. Tonkin served in the Marine Corps and later in the security unit of a top-secret installation. Now retired, he is an avid historian, life member of the Marine Corps League, and a member of the Marine Corps Association.

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