World War II Snipers

The Men, Their Guns, Their Stories

Gary Yee

A comprehensive illustrated history of snipers and their battlefield role in World War II.
Date Published :
May 2022
Publisher :
Illustration :
100 photographs
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Binding. : Hardback
ISBN : 9781636240985
Pages : 480
Dimensions : 10 X 8 inches
Stock Status : Not Yet Published. Available for Pre-Order


A comprehensive illustrated history of snipers, their training and their battlefield role in all theaters in World War II.

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, Snipers of World War II 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 Snipers of World War II 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. Finally, the last chapter discusses many overlooked or ignored subjects not raised by other researchers and provides much food for thought. The bibliography is a valuable resource to future researchers and writers. For the long-range rifle shooter and today's snipers, the lessons of the past are as relevant today as they were when learned and practiced in World War II.

About The Author

Gary Yee has worked as a law enforcement firearms instructor, range master and as an armourer. A guest curator for the San Francisco War Memorial Veterans’ Building firearms collection, he recently curated and conserved La Veta’s Francisco’s Fort firearms collection. He has published internationally and is a life member of The Company of Military Historians, the National Rifle Association and the National Muzzle Loading Rifle Association.



Chapter I: United Kingdom & Commonwealth
Chapter II. US Army and Marine Corps
Chapter III. Soviet Union
Chapter IV. Axis Nations
Chapter V: Western Europe and Northern Africa
Chapter VI: Liberation of North Western Europe
Chapter VII To the Rhine and Elba
Chapter VIII: Drang Nach Osten
Chapter IX: Stalingrad Kessel (Cauldron)
Chapter X: Verbrannte Erde (Scorched Earth) Retreat to the Reich
Chapter XI: Pacific Theatre and the Far East
Chapter XII South West Pacific
Chapter XIII: South Pacific
Chapter XIV: Guns and Equipment
Chapter XV. Sniper Miscellany


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