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Out of nowhere : a history of the military sniper, from the sharpshooter to Afghanistan

Author: Martin Pegler
Publisher: Oxford : Osprey, 2011.
Series: General Military.
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From the 18th century American War of Independence to World War Two, the history of the military sniper is one of indifference, unpreparedness and cost cutting. Despite the proven effectiveness of the rifleman in battle, during the first half of the 20th century was regarded as little more than a paid assassin, whose life if captured was forfeit. However, following the undeniably effective use of such men in 21st  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
History
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Pegler, Martin.
Out of Nowhere : A history of the military sniper.
Oxford : Osprey Publishing Ltd, ©2012
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Martin Pegler
ISBN: 9781849088756 1849088756
OCLC Number: 774907865
Description: 1 online resource : illustrations (some color).
Contents: Cover; Title; Dedication; Contents; Acknowledgments; Foreword; 1. The Sniper in Perspective; 2. The Rifleman Emerges, 1500-1854; 3. The American Civil War & European Wars, 1854-1914; 4. The First World War: the Watershed, 1914-16; 5. The First World War: the Fight Back, 1916-18; 6. Russian Sniping, 1936-45; 7. The German Sniper & the War in Russia, 1941-45; 8. The War Against Japan, 1941-45; 9. The War in Western Europe, 1940-45; 10. Limited Wars, 1945-85; 11. Vietnam, America's Nemesis; 12. Into a New Millennium; 13. 21st Century Sniping; Glossary; Notes; Select Bibliography.
Series Title: General Military.
Responsibility: [Martin Pegler].

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From the 18th century American War of Independence to World War Two, the history of the military sniper is one of indifference, unpreparedness and cost cutting. Despite the proven effectiveness of the rifleman in battle, during the first half of the 20th century was regarded as little more than a paid assassin, whose life if captured was forfeit. However, following the undeniably effective use of such men in 21st century combat means that the value of the sniper has become gradually more appreciated by the military, and their prominence on the modern battlefield has increased significantly.

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