Life of a Sniper

We have a great selection of sniper titles from Pen and Sword now available in a print and digital edition. Snipers have one of the most difficult and dangerous jobs in the armed forces and their stories are not to be missed.  Be sure to check out some of these great titles below!

Sniper Ace
From the Eastern Front to Siberia
Bruno Sutkus

Throughout World War II, German snipers were obliged to carry a ’Scharfshützen Buch’ which recorded every kill. Each success noted had to be verified by a witness and signed by a superior officer.The journal of Sutkus is one of only a few such books to have survived the war. It records more than 200 kills, placing him as one of the war’s most successful snipers. A large part of his journal is reproduced for the first time here.

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Sniper on the Eastern Front
The Memoirs of Sepp Allerberger, Knight’s Cross
Albrecht Wacker

Josef “Sepp” Allerberger was the second most successful sniper of the German Wehrmacht and one of the few private soldiers to be honored with the award of the Knight’s Cross.

In this sometimes harrowing memoir, Allerberger provides an excellent introduction to the commitment in field craft, discipline and routine required of the sniper, a man apart. There was no place for chivalry on the Russian Front. Away from the film cameras, no prisoner survived long after surrendering. Russian snipers had used the illegal explosive bullet since 1941, and Hitler eventually authorized its issue in 1944. The result was a battlefield of horror.

Red Sniper on the Eastern Front
The Memoirs of Joseph Pilyushin
Joseph Pilyushin

Joseph Pilyushin, a top Red Army sniper in the ruthless fight against the Germans on the Eastern Front, was an exceptional soldier and has a remarkable story to tell. His firsthand account of his wartime service gives a graphic insight into his lethal skill with a rifle and into the desperate fight put up by Soviet forces to defend Leningrad. He also records how, during the three-year siege, close members of this family died, including his wife and two sons, as well as many of his comrades in arms. He describes these often-terrible events with such honesty and clarity that his memoir is remarkable.

Sniper Anthology
Snipers of the Second World War
Martin Pegler

For the first time, leading Second World War authors from around the world have collaborated on a definitive anthology of the greatest snipers of the war.

Each author supplies full details of their chosen sniper, including illustrations that have never been published before, to construct a complete and varied picture of sniper warfare. The biographies of these exceptional soldiers include remarkable firsthand accounts of wartime service that provide a graphic insight into a sniper’s lethal skill and vividly illustrate the backdrop of the war.

With British Snipers to the Reich
C. Shore

Captain C Shore’s enthusiasm for firearms led him to take every possible opportunity to try out different weapons, ammunition and methods of shooting. The result of all his investigations is this practical guide to the sniper¹s art in World War II. His interest was combined with sound common sense and he would never consonance a rumor about a practical weapon or incident unless he was able to confirm it for himself. As a result, everything in this text is based on his personal experience.

Sniper in Helmand
Six Months on the Frontline
James Cartwright

Few soldiers are deemed good enough to be selected and trained as snipers and even fewer qualify. As a result, snipers are regarded as the elite of their units and their skills command the ungrudging respect of their fellows – and the enemy. The Author is one such man who recently served a full tour of duty with 1st Battalion the Royal Anglian Regiment in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. James describes the highs and lows of almost daily front line action experienced by our soldiers deployed on active service in arguably the most dangerous area of the world.

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