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DEAD-ON TRIBUTE TO THE SNIPERCRAFT
on February 2, 2012
I have reviewed and read a lot of books on sniper history and snipercraft from the Pre-Great War to present operation in the 21st century. With this book "The Sniper Anthology" is by far the best book I have read in long time on sniping in World War II. Just when I thought I have read everything about the subject of sniping, I get a book that surprises me.
This book is composed of various essays with each chapter by different authors, who are sniping subject matter experts. You will recognize some of the names in the contents I provided below. This book discusses sniping tactics, techniques, training, personalities and operations during WWII.
- The Contributors
- List of Plates
- Introduction by John Plaster
Chapter 1: Simo Hayha: The White Death by Roger Moorhouse
Chapter 2: Lyudmila Pavlichenko: Most Dangerous Woman on Earth by Charles Sasser
Chapter 3: Bert Kemp: A Reluctant Warrior with a Deadly Gift by Tom McKenney
Chapter 4: Operation Foxley: British Sniping and the Hunt for Hitler by Tim Newark
Chapter 5: Japanese Sniper: A Long Walk to a Short Life by John Tonkin
Chapter 6: Vassili Zaitsev: The Sailor of Stalingrad by Martin Pegler
Chapter 7: Clifford Shore: British Sniper, Trainer, Theorist and Historian by Leroy Thompson
Chapter 8: Sepp Allerberger: Wehrmacht Scharfschutzen by Adrian Gilbert
Chapter 9: Patrick Devlin: Fighting Irishman by Dan Mills
Chapter 10: Harry M. Furness: Fieldcraft Expert by Mark Spicer
Overall the content of this book was excellent and diverse with an extensive central photo section with many I have never seen before; again this was another welcome surprise. All of the chapters go into extensive details and are much more then cursory in nature. If I had to pick my two favorite chapters it would the ones on the Japanese snipers and fieldcraft. However every chapter was outstanding.
Finally as a military sniper myself and understanding the nature of this work, I would highly recommend this book to the student of modern warfare, precision shooters and military historians.