The British sniper Essay

* We have reviewed the excellent books produced by Australian IanSkennerton in past Proof House columns, and now this prolific writer isoffering another work for us to look at, The British Sniper.

LikeSkennerton’s classic British Service Lee, this book promises to bethe definitive work on the subject. The large format publication (8-1/2 X 11 inches, 266 pages) isprofusely illustrated with the arms and sighting equipment used by theBritish soldier from 1915 to the current day (1983). As usual,Skennerton’s writing is lively and informative. Considerableresearch is evident in just about every line, and there is an excellenttable of contents, as well as an exhaustive index. Sniping is certainly one of the more exotic aspects of war, but theauthor’s presentation tempers this so-called romance with theconstant reminder of the sniper’s vulnerability as well as hisdeadly effectiveness.

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