Sniper on the Eastern Front

Author: Albrecht Wacker
Publisher: Pen & Sword
ISBN: 9781781590041
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Josef "Sepp" Allerberger was the second most successful sniper of the German Wehrmacht and one of the few private soldiers to be honored with the award of the Knight's Cross. An Austrian conscript, after qualifying as a machine gunner he was drafted to the southern sector of the Russian Front in July 1942. Wounded at Voroshilovsk, he experimented with a Russian sniper-rifle while convalescing and so impressed his superiors with his proficiency that he was returned to the front on his regiment's only sniper specialist. In this sometimes harrowing memoir, Allerberger provides an excellent introduction to the commitment in field craft, discipline and routine required of the sniper, a man apart. There was no place for chivalry on the Russian Front. Away from the film cameras, no prisoner survived long after surrendering. Russian snipers had used the illegal explosive bullet since 1941, and Hitler eventually authorized its issue in 1944. The result was a battlefield of horror. Allerberger was a cold-blooded killer, but few will find a place in their hearts for the soldiers of the Red Army against whom he fought.

Vergi die Zeit der Dornen nicht

Author: Günter K. Koschorrek
Publisher:
ISBN: 9783881895088
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Günter K. Koschorrek war nicht Heerführer, nicht Wissenschaftler oder Historiker, er hat in seinem Buch zusammengefasst, was er als einfacher Soldat im Grauen des Krieges täglich aufgeschrieben hat. Sein Erleben des Krieges war ein anderes als das in den Stäben oder Befehlsständen. Der Verfasser war 19 Jahre alt, als ihn der Krieg in seiner schlimmsten Phase einholte und ihn in seine unerbittliche Gewalt nahm. Er hatte zu gehorchen und nicht nach dem Warum zu fragen. Das NS-Regime, das seine Ziele gnadenlos verfolgte, hatte eine ganze Generation unter Eid und in die Pflicht genommen, ihre Ideale schändlich missbraucht.

Snipers at War

Author: John Walter
Publisher:
ISBN: 178438187X
Format: PDF
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Snipers at War is a detailed history and analysis of the equipment, tactics and personalities of the ‘sniping world’, from the pursuit of accuracy to the latest electronic aids to observation and ranging. Technology and marksmanship from the Crimean War to the present day is examined in detail. The role of the sniper was largely ignored until the Winter War of 1939-40 between Finland and the USSR showed what could be achieved by specialist marksmen: Finn Simo Häyhä amassed 505 kills in less than a hundred days, a lesson learned by the Red Army to its cost. By the Germans invasion of 1941 the Russians were prepared: when the war ended, in addition to men such as Vasiliy Zaytsev, a Stalingrad hero with 242 accredited kills, the USSR had trained more than 2000 women as snipers. After 1945, the sniper’s reputation declined again. However, the Vietnam War, seemingly unending Middle Eastern conflict, internal strife in Sri Lanka, and ever-present urban threats have given new impetus not only to sniping but also to the development of new and more effective weaponry.

The Character of War in the 21st Century

Author: Caroline Holmqvist-Jonsäter
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1135183554
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This edited volume addresses the relationship between the essential nature of war and its character at the beginning of the twenty-first century. The focus is on the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, situations that occupy a central role in international affairs and that have become highly influential in thinking about war in the widest sense. The intellectual foundation of the volume is Clausewitz’s insight that though war has an enduring nature, its character changes with time, space, social structure and culture. The fact that war’s character varies means that different actors may interpret, experience and, ultimately, wage war differently. The conflict between the ways that war is conceptualised in the prevailing Western and international discourse, and the manner in which it plays out on the ground is a key discussion point for scholars and practitioners in the field of international relations. Contributions combine insights from social theory, philosophy, sociology and strategic studies and ask directly what contemporary war is, and what the implications are for the future. This book will be of much interest to students of war studies, strategic studies, security studies and IR in general. Caroline Holmqvist-Jonsäter is currently completing a PhD in the conflation of war and policing in international conflicts at the Department of War Studies, King’s College London. Christopher Coker is Professor of International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). He is the author of 11 books on war and security issues.

Mauser Military Rifles

Author: Neil Grant
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 147280595X
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This volume offers an insight into the iconic Mauser family of German bolt-action rifles. Drawing on first-hand accounts of the weapons in combat and primary sources regarding their mechanical performance, this fully illustrated study charts the Mauser's origins, combat record and lasting influence. It explores the full range of Mauser rifles, beginning with the hugely successful Gew 98, which entered service in the time of the Kaiser, provided the basis for the US Springfield M1903 and equipped combatants such as the South African Boers. It also investigates the Kar 98k, which was still in front-line use with Wehrmacht troops in 1945, saw use with Mexican and Yugoslavian forces, and even played a role in the 1990s Balkan conflicts in the hands of snipers. Featuring expert analysis, specially commissioned artwork and gripping first-hand accounts, this volume is ideal for anyone seeking an understanding of these sturdy and accurate rifles' unique place in the history of small-unit tactics in the 20th century.

Schulp dagogik und Schultheorie

Author: Thorsten Bohl
Publisher: UTB
ISBN: 3825241807
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Grundlegende und systematische Orientierung Der Band verbindet zwei zentrale Themenbereiche der schulpädagogischen Diskussion: Er stellt Schulpädagogik als wissenschaftliche Disziplin sowie als Vertiefung schultheoretischer Ansätze vor. Damit verschafft er grundlegende und systematische Orientierung und bietet gleichzeitig reflektierende und kritische Einblicke in schulpädagogisches Denken und Handeln.