Out of Nowhere

Out of Nowhere

A history of the military sniper, from the Sharpshooter to Afghanistan

General Military
  • Author: Martin Pegler
  • Short code: GNM
  • Publication Date: 20 Sep 2011
  • Number of Pages: 328
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The sniper is probably the most feared specialist warrior and the most efficient killer on the battlefield. Endlessly patient and highly skilled, once he has you in his crosshairs, your chances of survival are slim. This revised edition of Out of Nowhere provides a comprehensive history of the sniper, giving insights into all aspects of his life; his training tactics, equipment and the psychology of sniping are examined in the context of the major wars of modern times - including the American Civil War, both world wars, the Vietnam War and the ongoing conflict in Afghanistan. First-hand accounts from veteran snipers demonstrate their skill and extraordinary courage and show why they are still such a vital part of any war.

Biographical Note

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. Martin has established The Somme Historical Centre (www.martinpegler.com), where visitors can see the technology used in the 1914-18 trench warfare. He is currently an author and firearms consultant and he also lectures at local Great War museums. 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). 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 Sniper in Perspective
The Rifleman Emerges
American Civil War and European Wars 1854-1914
The First World War, the watershed, 1914-1916
The First World War, the fight back, 1916-1930
Russian Sniping, 1926-1945
Germany and the war in Russia. 1941-1945
The War against Japan, 1941-1945
The War in Western Europe, 1940-1945
Limited Wars, 1945-1985
Vietnam, America's nemesis
Into the 21st century
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