An acclaimed military historian leads you into the world of the combat sniper-on the safe side of the crosshairs...
From the black-powder chaos of the American Revolution to the bitter carnage of Vietnam, he is a presence as familiar to war as death itself. He is the combat sniper-revered as the ultimate warrior by some and reviled as a monster by those who have known the terror of his invisible ambush.
As the "Wild Boys" who crawled the no-man's-land between the trenches in WWI, terrorizing the enemy and dodging fire from the shelter of shell craters.
As the officer-hunting German snipers is WWII's Normandy-so unnerving that hardened commanders began to disguise their rank.
As the men who boasted a shot/ill ration of 1.7 to 1 in Vietnam-a figure that was 50,000 to 1 among general soldiers.
From the evolution of the art, to firsthand accounts of legendary exploits, through the basics of sniper training, Sniper traces the development of these feared huntsmen, marking their historical battles and their pivotal role in modern forces.
Includes 8 pages of authentic action photographs!
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Adrian Gilbert has written extensively on modern warfare, including his books, Sniper and Stalk & Kill. He lives in England.From Publishers Weekly:
British military historian Gilbert traces the development of combat sniping from the American Revolution to the present and explains how modern sniper training is applied to operations in the field. His survey is replete with sniper stories ranging from the mortal wounding of Lord Horatio Nelson at Trafalgar ("the most successful single shot in the history of sniping") to Marine Sgt. Carlos Hathcock's 93 confirmed kills in Vietnam. Gilbert provides a comprehensive account of the technological advances in rifles, ammunition, telescopic sights and night-vision devices and describes in detail how snipers are trained, a program that includes fieldcraft, camouflage, target identification, stalking, breath control, follow-through and marksmanship. The book will be disquieting to general readers but military buffs should find it engrossing. Photos.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Descrizione libro St. Martin's Paperbacks, 1996. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. book. Codice libro della libreria M0312957661
Descrizione libro St. Martin's Paperbacks, 1996. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. Never used!. Codice libro della libreria P110312957661