There have been sharpshooters and snipers ever since the advent of firearms. In the military in Vietnam, it took some hours of special training to produce a sniper. It took less than a second for him to earn his pay. Novels and movies have portrayed snipers as heartless killers, but they were just highly skilled soldiers and Marines, trained for a specific job. They included men like Ed Eaton, who recorded most of his kills beyond meters, including one from a moving helicopter at night. Marine Sergeant Charles Mawhinney recorded probables and confirmed kills—the equivalent of three NVA companies.
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I found this book very interesting and informative. It has a lot of good information about snipers and the different weaponsof thier trade. If you are looking for a story about a sniper then it is not a good book. I did not enjoy it. Inside the Crosshairs : Snipers in Vietnam. Michael Lee Lanning.
Now noted military historian Michael Lee Lanning shows how U. To provide insight into the use of American snipers in Vietnam, Lanning interviewed men with combat trigger time, as well as their instructors, the founders of the Marine and U.
Army sniper programs, and the generals to whom they reported. Backed by hard information and firsthand accounts, the author demonstrates how the skills these one-shot killers honed in the jungles of Vietnam provided an indelible legacy that helped save American lives in Grenada, the Gulf War, and Somalia and continues to this day with American troops in Bosnia.
During his assignment to Vietnam, he served as both an infantry platoon leader and a company commander in the th Infantry Brigade Light.
He lives in Phoenix, Arizona. Inside the Crosshairs: Snipers in Vietnam Col.
Inside the Crosshairs: Snipers in Vietnam
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