Red Army Sniper, a Memoir of the Eastern Front in World War II

The publisher has already released a number of excellent books about snipers and their craft. This is a worthy addition to their list but it should be treated with some circumspection because the biography was originally released during the Soviet Era and includes some manipulation which this English translation does not attempt to challenge in the interests of making this a faithful edition to the Russian language original – Most Highly Recommended.


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NAME: Red Army Sniper, a Memoir of the Eastern Front in World War II
FILE: R2675
AUTHOR: Yevgeni Nikolaev
PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword, Greenhill Books
BINDING: hard back
PAGES:  208
PRICE: £19.99
GENRE: Non Fiction
SUBJECT: WWII, World War Two, Second World War, World War 2, Eastern 
Front, Leningrad, Red Army, sniper, sniper craft, rifle, German Army, 
war of snipers, NKVD, Smersh, counter intelligence

ISBN: 1-78438-236-1

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DESCRIPTION: The publisher has already released a number of excellent 
books about snipers and their craft. This is a worthy addition to 
their list but it should be treated with some circumspection because 
the biography was originally released during the Soviet Era and 
includes some manipulation which this English translation does not 
attempt to challenge in the interests of making this a faithful 
edition to the Russian language original – Most Highly Recommended.

The sniper is not a new military construct, but dates back into 
ancient history. The invention of firearms made it much easier to 
lie in wait and kill the target from concealment. By the 18th 
Century North America saw an increasing use of snipers with the 
famous Kentucky Long Rifle a favoured weapon of trappers and hunters 
who joined the insurrection against British troops. This was noted 
and the British adopted the Baker Rifle for its specialist skirmish 
troops, who were also used to pick off enemy officers and NCOs from 
beyond the effective range of the military musket that was the main 
weapon issued to infantry.

WWI saw an increase in the numbers of snipers who picked off the 
unwary in the opposing trench line. However, it was WWII that was 
to see a significant increase in the numbers of snipers and their 
importance as a weapon. This was particularly true on the Eastern 
Front where German and Soviet snipers not only picked off the enemy 
from concealment, but also engaged in counter-sniper fire with some 
epic duels between German and Soviet snipers.

This book provides many fresh insights from a Soviet sniper who was 
amongst the top tier of East Front snipers. As a biography of a 
sniper this would be a very interesting book but has an added twist 
and value

Nikolaev was not a typical Red Army sniper but a member of the NKVD 
who later transferred to Smersh, then ending the war as a Captain in 
the artillery. The NKVD were responsible for some of the most 
serious war crimes during and after WWII. Smersh was established as 
an assassination bureau and made extensive use of snipers in the 
killings it carried out.  After the war he became a journalist and 
a librarian, dying in 2002.

Apart from several points of obvious Soviet bias in  the story, 
Nikolaev was probably employed against Red Army troops on occasion 
and Smersh was with the killing of suspected enemies of the Soviets 
at home and abroad.