Sniping in France 1914-18

With Notes on the Scientific Training of Scouts, Observers, and Snipers

Major H. Hesketh-Prichard DSO MC

Date Published :
June 2013
Publisher :
Helion and Company
Series :
Helion Library of the Great War
Illustration :
20 sketches, 11 photos
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Binding. : Paperback
ISBN : 9781906033491
Pages : 144
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
Stock Status : Available
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Sniping in France provides a detailed and richly informative account of how the snipers of the Great War British army trained and fought, and measures taken against their German counterparts.

The author was responsible for organizing a cohesive structure to the training of the snipers via the First Army School of Scouting, Observation and Sniping, established in 1916.

Written in a very readable style, filled with anecdotes and fascinating detail, the author's study covers the genesis of sniping in the army, his early days instructing XI Corps, and then First Army, including much on the curriculum and work at that unit's School of Scouting, Observation and Sniping. It also includes anecdotal chapters describing sniping memories, before concluding with recollections of training the Portuguese Expeditionary Force's snipers, and looking ahead to the future of sniping. Detailed appendices reproduce relevant excerpts from the army's wartime training manuals.

Originally published in 1920, copies are highly sought-after. Helion's reprint is a high quality edition, newly typeset, and featuring a number of charming pencil sketches by Ernest Blaikley.

About The Author

Major Hesketh Vernon Hesketh-Prichard, DSO, MC, FRGS, FZS (17 November 1876 – 14 June 1922) was an explorer, adventurer, big-game hunter and marksman who made a significant contribution to sniping practice within the British Army during the First World War. Concerned not only with improving the quality of marksmanship, the measures he introduced to counter the threat of German snipers were credited by a contemporary with saving the lives of over 3,500 Allied soldiers.
During his lifetime, he also explored territory never seen before by white man, played cricket at first-class level, including on overseas tours, wrote short stories and novels (one of which was turned into a Douglas Fairbanks film) and was a successful newspaper correspondent and travel writer. His many activities brought him into the highest social and professional circles. Like other turn of the century hunters such as Teddy Roosevelt, he was an active campaigner for animal welfare and succeeded in seeing legal measures introduced for their protection.

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