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Sniping in France: With Notes on the Scientific Training of Scouts, Observers, and Snipers

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Major Hesketh Vernon Hesketh-Prichard was an explorer and adventurer who revolutionized the training of British Army snipers during the First World War. In this richly-detailed book, he explains his constant efforts to improve sniping standards, which finally resulted in the First Army School of Scouting, Observation and Sniping. Drawing on his experience as a big-game hun ...more
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Published July 1st 2012 by Tales End Press (first published May 1920)
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Mark Mortensen
This 1920 memoir from a British WWI officer sheds much light on the subject of WWI telescope sighted rifles, a technical subject that has been overlooked to a large degree.

When WWI began in 1914 the Germans led the technology and apparently by the end of the first year of war each German company consisted of roughly 6 snipers with telescope sighted rifles. In the latter months of 1915 the author was instrumental in adapting this technology to the British Expeditionary Forces through equipment a
Excellent book on the training of sniping in the trenches during the first world war.
I read a good version on online, glad to see it is being republished. the illustrations are an important part of the book. Rather a low key, 'here is how you do it' book on the technique use in the setting up of sniper positions and the training necessary to do it effectively. The writing was neither the jingoistic "jolly good show" of the war years, or the more realistic horror show of the latter twenties. Fits with the author's background as a big game hunter... technical and practical. a rare ...more
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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 credite ...more
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