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Sniping in France: Winning the Sniping War in the Trenches

Sniping in France: Winning the Sniping War in the Trenches
Autor: Major Hesketh Vernon Hesketh-Prichard
Data publikacji: 2015-07
ISBN: 9781514868522
Wydawca: CreateSpace
Język: angielski
Wymiary: 15.2 x 0.8 x 22.9 cm
Oprawa: miękka
Liczba stron: 150
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Before it became a standard military tactic, and immortalised in film, the science of sniping was both untrusted and often regarded as unsportsmanlike by the military.

To nostalgic British generals ardent for the cavalry charge and volley fire, the use of a crack marksman, working alone to pick off unsuspecting enemy, was just ‘not cricket’.

But the Germans were not so short-sighted.

By the end of 1915, the German sniper dominated the battlefield, inflicting countless British fatalities, and severely weakening morale.

That same year, the renowned adventurer and big game hunter, Hesketh-Prichard arrived in the trenches to remedy the perception of sniping in the British army, and wrestle the initiative away from the Germans.

Armed with his personal supply of rifles and telescopic sights, he was given the freedom of the British front-line to hunt the deadliest of German snipers and inspire the British to better marksmanship.

In this absorbing account he tells the story of those duels, the genesis of scout sniping, the ruses invented to lure an enemy out into the open, and the founding of the first British army sniping school.

‘Sniping in France’ is the true story of how one man and his rifle helped alter the course of war. In an impersonal, machine-ruled conflict, Major-General Hesketh-Prichard sketches a rare tale of British ingenuity, dramatic duels and extraordinary individuals. Endeavour Press is the UK’s leading independent publisher of digital books.


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

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