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Red Army Sniper Tactics
Red Army Precision Fire Manual
255 pages; 18 chapters and 4 appendixes
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training. It’s all there, the methods and techniques used by Red Army
snipers on the Eastern Front in World War II. There is information in Red
Army Sniper Tactics that will shock the reader too. For the first time, the vastly
exaggerated tales of thousands of Red Army snipers killing hundreds of
Germans apiece are questioned professionally and morally. Detailed evidence is
also presented in Red Army Sniper Tactics that red army snipers were
short-range sharp shooters rather real snipers, able to hit targets at long
ranges. Many readers who have been spoon-fed decades of pro-Soviet war
propaganda are too dogmatically loyal to leftism, to permit any clear thinking.
Red Army Sniper Tactics provides sufficient facts and analysis for the reader to
become grounded in reality about Red Army sniper tactics.
"Under the Soviet system, snipers were fielded in teams of two with a sniper and an observer. Both team members were
qualified snipers and changed roles after each kill. The sniper was to provide both scouting duties as well as point and
indirect fire to disrupt enemy activities and communications. The observer assisted in spotting potential targets,
provided security and recorded and confirmed kills. Each sniper carried a "kill book" where they recorded time, date,
location and details of each kill or engagement. This book was also used to record detailed information on German
troop concentrations and movements. As mentioned before, the sniper was assigned at platoon level and reported
directly to the platoon leader. Most sniper teams worked autonomously and ranged ahead of advancing formations or
across an assigned frontal sector.
The Great Patriotic War produced some changes to the way sniper teams operated. The advancing German Army
moved rapidly and unpredictably, using flanking maneuvers to surround retreating or static forces and cut them off.
Soviet commanders reacted to this by concentrating their sniper teams on their flanks out away from the main body to
impede Nazi advances on the flanks. This required platoon teams to gather in larger groups that worked together to
provide advance warning to the major command elements of German movement as well as to concentrate their
Contrary to popular belief, most sniper engagements took place at distances under 400 meters in rural settings and
under 100 meters in urban settings. Sniper teams would move into the "no-man's land" separating the two sides under
the cover of darkness and set up blinds or observation posts that were cleverly concealed. In the case of observing
and harassing advancing troops, the sniper teams would blend in with straggling refugees that were largely ignored by
the German forces and move ahead of the German advance, recording troop strength and composition. In the evening,
they would slip under cover and close on German night defensive positions and conduct harassing fire at first light and
then move rapidly out of the area.
Tactics in urban areas were somewhat new to Soviet snipers as they fought in rural settings during previous conflicts.
Much of the doctrine developed for urban sniper engagements was refined as sniper teams operated in those settings.
Cover and concealment was fundamental operating in any environment but proved to be a challenge in the urban
setting. Although the cities were in various states of ruin, the rubble that was fought in presented a unique challenge. In
the countryside, cover and concealment was a matter of blending in with the natural foliage and scrub. In a city, rubble
and buildings were quite angular and prone to making the rounded silhouette of the human body stand out. Snipers
had to learn how to use the rubble to their advantage. "
Excerpt from Red Army Sniper Tactics
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