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Out of Nowhere

A history of the military sniper

Out of Nowhere by Martin Pegler
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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.

Osprey Publishing Ltd; January 2012
ISBN 9781849088756
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Title: Out of Nowhere
Author: Martin Pegler

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