Out of Nowhere: A history of the military sniper

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Osprey Publishing, Jan 1, 2012 - History - 328 pages
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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 so that they are now regarded as one of the most vital battlefield specialists. This revised edition of Out of Nowhere is a chronological study of snipers, detailing their evolution, training, weaponry and actions, bringing their history right up to date with new material covering the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. There are also unique contributions from the men and women whose skills and extraordinary courage have made them the most greatly feared specialist in warfare.


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Review: Out of Nowhere: A history of the Military Sniper

User Review  - Jon Penny - Goodreads

Recommended for any student of long range rifle shooting and/or it's application in war. Read full review

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User Review  - Peter Fortune - Goodreads

OK, first a confession. I am a long-time gun enthusiast (but not a gun nut— please keep your opinions to yourself); I am also a devotee of novels about snipers (Stephen Hunter's Bob Lee Swagger ... Read full review


The Sniper in Perspective
The Rifleman Emerges 15001854
The American Civil War European Wars 18541914
the Watershed 191416
the Fight Back 191618
Russian Sniping 193645
The German Sniper the War in Russia 194145
The War in Western Europe 194045
Limited Wars 194585
Vietnam Americas Nemesis
Into a New Millennium
21st Century Sniping

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About the author (2012)

Martin Pegler was born in 1954 and educated at Hampton School. He has a BA Hons in Medieval and Modern History and an MA in Museum Studies, both from University College, London, and he is currently Senior Curator of Firearms at the Royal Armouries Museum, Leeds. Martin enjoys shooting historic firearms, and has participated in many shooting competitions. He is the author of a number of books including 'The Military Sniper since 1914' (Osprey, 2001); and 'Firearms in the American West 1700-1900' (The Crowood Press, 2002), and he has also contributed to a number of magazines. In the 1980s he had the privilege of interviewing many World War I veterans about their wartime experiences, and the recordings are now part of the sound archives of the Imperial War Museum, London.

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