The Sniper Anthology – Snipers of the Second World War and published by Frontline Books

I thought this book was going to be a bit dull and hard-going, or at least it was a book my teenage son would prefer to read, but I can honestly say that I was surprised as it was very intriguing indeed. Written by different authors respected authors of the history genre, they each take a chapter and focus in on a specialist sniper. Some of the men and women included are Simo Hayha, Lyudmila Pavlichenko, Bert Kemp, Clifford Shore and more. Having not really looked at ‘the sniper’ I came into this not really knowing much, but came away from the book learning an awful lot. I had never considered a woman being a top sniper, in such a world that is dominated by men. In a very dark way they are very impressive individuals, to be that good and so well disciplined in what must be such a cold act. Also they weren’t using rifles we see today, these were rifles of the World War Two era.

Although I had started this book a bit sceptic about reading it, to be honest I couldn’t put this book down, as it was a really fascinating read from the start to end. To be honest the chapters were all written by different people but this didn’t affect the telling as they were all excellent in telling the experiences of the snipers. I would most definitely recommend this book for all to read and I would give it an impressive 5 out of 5 stars.