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'I was always unemotional about it: I did exactly what I was trained to do and I followed the rules of engagement. If he carried a weapon, he was a target ... The instructors taught what was needed to help us stay alive, but there is a lot more to sniping. There were questions no one asked, such as where did the shooting skills we were taught come from, and how did we develop such accurate rifles? This book explains all of that, as well as why a lot of guys like me throughout history have chosen to be snipers. None of us did it to be heroes or to get medals - a sniper with attitude isn't going to live long - we did it because we wanted to make a difference.
Martin Pegler has a BA Hons in Medieval and Modern History and an MA in Museum Studies, both from University College, London, and was for many years the Senior Curator of Firearms at the Royal Armouries Museum, Leeds. He now lives in the Somme, France, where he and his wife run a small bed and breakfast, which is situated on top of the old German front line! Martin has established The Somme Historical Centre (www.martinpegler.com), where visitors can see the technology used in the 1914-18 trench warfare. Martin enjoys shooting historic firearms, and has participated in many shooting competitions. He is currently an author and firearms consultant and he also lectures at local Great War museums. In his spare time Martin runs motorcycle tours of the battlefield. He is the author of a number of books including 'The Military Sniper since 1914' (Osprey, 2001), 'Firearms in the American West 1700-1900' (The Crowood Press, 2002), and the highly acclaimed 'Out of Nowhere: A History of the Military Sniper' (Osprey, 2004), and he has also contributed to a number of magazines. In the 1980s he had the privilege of interviewing many World War I veterans about their wartime experiences, and the recordings are now part of the sound archives of the Imperial War Museum, London The author lives in France.
Table of Contents
The Evolution of the Rifle
New World, New Weapons
Winds of Change
America at War
The Sharpshooter's War
A World at War
World War II - Unprepared and Unequipped
Cold War, Hot War
A Changing World
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