Thousands of volumes have been published about World War II but relatively little attention has been given to the sniper. Drawing from memoirs, government documents and interviews, World War II Snipers incorporates eyewitness accounts to weave a comprehensive narrative of snipers in World War II.
While certain common traits were shared among belligerents, each had its unique methodology for selecting and training snipers and, as casualties were high, their replacements. Drawn from hunters, competitive shooters, natural marksmen, outdoorsmen, city dwellers, farmers and veteran soldiers, they fought to assert local battlefield dominance and instill among their enemy a paralyzing fear.
Sometimes admired and other times reviled by their own comrades because of the retaliation they drew, they were always too few in number. Their battlefield role, their victories and their defeats are retold here from neglected or forgotten sources.
The scope of World War II Snipers is extensive with three chapters each on the major theaters of the war including Western Europe, Eastern Europe and the Pacific. This is supported by a lengthy chapter on the sniper rifles used by the snipers and their equipment.
Chapter 1: Prewar and Early War Years
Chapter 2: Selection
Chapter 3: Training
Part II: Wartime Sniping
Chapter 4: Western Europe, North Africa, and Italy
Chapter 5: Liberation of Northwestern Europe
Chapter 6: To the Rhine and the Elbe
Chapter 7: Drang Nach Osten
Chapter 8: The Stalingrad Kessel
Chapter 9: Nach Berlin!
Chapter 10: Far East
Chapter 11: Southwest Pacific Theater
Chapter 12; The South Pacific Theater and Asia
Part III: The Weapons
Chapter 13: Guns and Equipment
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"Gary Yee takes what is already a well-researched deep dive into the specifics of sniper training, employment and equipment to a new level." ~American Rifleman
"Each combatant nation had its own methods of selecting and training snipers, arming and equipping them, and then utilizing them in action. This book goes over the details of these snipers, with sections covering them in action and the weapons they used." ~WWII History Magazine
"If you have any interest in sniping or World War II, you need to have this book in your library." ~A Wargamers Needful Things
"...most WWII skirmish games include sniper rules. If your rule set doesn't, here's a Casemate Illustrated Special to help you write your own rules." ~Historical Miniatures Gaming Society
"Thanks to Gary Yee’s lifelong fascination-turned scholarly and professional, he has drawn from memoirs, government documents, and interviews to gift us with World War II Snipers incorporating eyewitness accounts to weave a comprehensive narrative of their actions and importance in WWII." ~ARGunners.com
"This is one neat book about snipers and their exploits." ~AMPS Indianapolis
"The breadth of topics covered by this book is outstanding. The level of detail is amazing, given how wide the scope of the volume is. The drawings, images and maps are well rendered, the writing is fluid and immensely descriptive." ~AMPS
"I think Gary Yee has done an exemplary job in World War II Snipers. It deserves to stand as both an achievement in telling the stories of those most secretive of soldiers, the snipers, whilst at the same time providing a unique historical insight into their tactical employment and effectiveness which is so frequently absent from post-war military histories. No reader buying this book should be disappointed for it deserves a place alongside the very best published work of its type." ~Martin Pegler, Former Senior Curator of Firearms at the Royal Armouries Museum
"If you like history and want to learn about snipers during WWII this is the book for you." ~IPMS/USA
“There have been many books written about snipers in WWII, but nothing ever like this superb book which has to be the most comprehensive of its type. If there is any aspect on sniping which is missing from this book, then it is not important. … Highly illustrated throughout, this book is for weapon collectors, shooters, … and general readers with an interest in the subject. There is nothing to criticise about this book and readers will find it compelling.'' ~Gun Mart
"This is not a dry technical history but a book that will keep the reader’s attention riveted as it has something for everyone interested in this subject." ~The GunMag