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Old August 24th, 2016, 04:50 PM   #1
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"Sniping in the Great War"

Read a good book on snipers during WW1, "Sniping in the Great War" by Martin Pegler. Very informational and lots of b&w photos of scoped bolt action rifles! Tom in MN

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Old August 24th, 2016, 06:06 PM   #2
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Saw on the History channel once where they excavated some of the old trenches and found a sniper hide.
A reinforced steel plate a sniper would prop up at the top of the trench with a tiny door to open and shoot through.

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Old August 24th, 2016, 06:32 PM   #3
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I'd also recommend; "A Rifleman went to War, by McBride".

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Old August 24th, 2016, 06:38 PM   #4
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Still love Gary Cooper in Sgt. York!

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Old August 24th, 2016, 06:55 PM   #5
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I just got done reading... Sniping in France: Winning the Sniping War in the Trenches
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Old August 24th, 2016, 07:03 PM   #6
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I met the author.

A few years back Martin Pegler gave a talk about the very subject at the NRA meeting. He was selling that book.

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Old August 25th, 2016, 06:23 AM   #7
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Those metal plates with the door were called "loopholes", the doors were called "shutters". That book explains how the sniping evolved during the 1st World War. Have to buy that other book for winter reading! Tom from MN

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Old August 25th, 2016, 06:44 AM   #8
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Whats sad is after both World Wars the military sniping program was scrapped until the next conflict forced the Army and Marine Corps to pick it back up from scratch again.

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Old August 25th, 2016, 02:39 PM   #9
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For me, Sniper on the Eastern Front by Albrecht Wacker, was a real eye-opener.

Wacker was a German sniper fighting the Russians. He gets the reader to understand how brutal the Russians could be to everyone - their own soldiers, civilians in captured areas, and most especially of all, to captured enemy snipers. Some of it reads like Texas Chainsaw Massacre. It was truly gruesome.

Wacker writes about his craft, including such things as concealment, and identifying locations of opposing snipers.

Some of it was humorous, as when he describes being ordered to return to Germany to attend sniper school, after he had already been doing it for a period of time. He and the other students were sent out on a training exercise which involved concealing themselves and staying put for 15-20 hours. They couldn't move, and many of the other students returned at the end of the exercise having messed their pants. Wacker wrote he had learned early on to "do his big jobs before leaving in the morning."

I recommend the book only to those who have a strong stomach.

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I will add "With British Snipers To The Reich" by Capt. Shore. I found it a really good read.

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Old August 25th, 2016, 07:59 PM   #11
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An excellent book I really liked the different German sniping rifles, the Ross rifle is also interesting.

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Old August 26th, 2016, 02:14 PM   #12
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Read a good book on snipers during WW1, "Sniping in the Great War" by Martin Pegler. Very informational and lots of b&w photos of scoped bolt action rifles! Tom in MN
Bought this for a forum member. Borrowed it a few times.

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Old August 27th, 2016, 07:13 PM   #13
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Herbert McBride wrote another book about his experiences in The Great War called With the Emma Gees. Herbie was in the machinegun section of an infantry regiment before he took up sniping - although he did some sniping during that time, as well.

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Ref sniping programs cancelled post war.

Both my grandfathers were WW1 vets and I remember discussing snipers with them.
Their responses involved the thinking of the day that snipers were a necessary evil.
They were held in low regard as men of little virtue and cold blooded killers. rather than warriors.
This was a cultural view from those times.
I won't use a rediculous term like "unsporting," but the idea of popping off men from distance as a practice was considered unsavory at best.
That was the thinking of the time, whatever one's opinion might be.

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And thats why no side gave mercy to captured enemy snipers.
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