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A collection of bedtime stories - or sharpshooter & sniper tales

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by 4v50 Gary, Jan 3, 2003.

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    4v50 Gary Moderator Staff Member

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    A discussion about coolers came up and in it I learned there was a Kong brand cooler that is quite good and expensive (guess who won't be buying one?). Anyway, I worked with a guy named Kong and in WW 2 his uncle killed some Jap. officer at 600-700 yards. Open sights, M-1 Garand. He tried to get a M1903A4 for that little job but couldn't but being an expert, felt he could do a chest shot at that distance. They were not out hunting for officers but looking for an artillery piece that was harassing the regiment. After a couple of days, they spotted a cave and watched. In the morning an officer appeared (they had binoculars to watch the cave) and then signaled for the gun to be moved out. The gun would fire a round or too and then quickly rolled back into the cave before the Americans could retaliate. The scouts called the coordinates in but the artillery never hit it. Finally one officer suggested they haul an anti-tank gun into position and do some direct fire. The scouts objected as it would compromise their location. The officer told them that they were on their own then. Anyway, the scouts watched an noticed a pattern that the officer always came out first. The decision was made to eliminate him.

    The scout wanted a M1903A4 scoped sniper rifle but his company couldn't provide one. The Garand would have to do. Before that though, he had to make sure he was sighted in at the same distance. Thus, the scout moved to another position and sighted his Garand at a patch of light colored earth that was the same distance. With his observer watching on, he quickly dialed it in. After he was dead on, they returned to their observation post and waited. In the morning when the officer emerged his cave before the artillery was rolled out, bam! According to the other scout, there was a spurt of blood from the officer's chest before the officer collapsed. A couple guys came out and hauled him back into the cave. The resistance on the island didn't last much long after that.

    Next year my book on WW II snipers and sniping will be released.
     
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    Never mind. Learned from someone else that it is a still from the movie, From Hell to Eternity. There are other images of the same actor but showing a little more of the scope mount.

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    You can see the cocking knob on this Springfield. I'm wondering what scope (Kollmorgan perhaps) and what mount. Anybody know the backstory to this image?
     
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    Epigraph from Chapter 8.

    "This way, comrades," shouted Ballers, proud of his exploit. 'There's nobody in there.' We all stood up, prepared to join him. He was laughingly nervous. A crisp detonation whistled through the leaves, followed by two more. Prinz was running toward us, but Ballers wasn't. He was walking hesitantly, stretching one hand toward us. Then he fell."
     
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    "So, just as we're begining to get ready to move that morning. Frankie gets up and lets out a roar. 'Hey you guys,' he yells, "I am eighteen years old today. Happy birthday, Frankie!' Bang. It's from a sniper. Down goes Frankie. It doesn't look as if he'll make nineteen."
     
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    In case you guys are wondering, next year the definitive book on WW 2 sniping will be released. Many heretofore forgotten individuals are brought back to the limelight often in their words or the words of witnesses to tell their experience. Including the bibliography it's almost 400 pages and has over 1k footnotes/endnotes. How they were selected, trained, fought, and their weapons will be discussed.

    Here's another sample:

    "A single shot punctuated the silence. A sniper. An officer passed the word, 'Tell Osborne to come up here.' He was asking for Pfc. F. Osborne, 18, an Indian youth from Fort Hall, Idaho, an expert scout. The officer waited, 'Where's Osborne?' he whispered horasely. The message came up to him passed from man to man. 'That was Osborne the sniper got. Right between the eyes.'"
     
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    "A sniper is the hardest thing in the world to fight. You ca't see him, you can't see smoke from his gun. All you can do is listen to the bullets whistle and hope and pray...."

    Sgt. O. L. B.
    36th Infantry Division.
    Italy
     
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    Log Cabin Shop in Lodi, Ohio should still have Sharpshooters (1750-1900): The Men, Their Guns, Their Story. My very first black powder rifle assembly class was at their shop too and last I heard my instructor is now in a nursing home.

    The next book on WW II sniping will be its worthy sequel. The following will not appear in the book but I think you guys will like it.

    The Stars and Stripes reported one of the funniest incidents that happened to the 141st Infantry Regiment, 36th (Texas) Infantry Division.

     
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    Managed to clean out Edward Hamilton of last two copies of my second book. Yay me.
     
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    Maybe drive across that old narrow bridge and meet a big truck!
     
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    Not a sniping story but some things were done right. A rangefinder was brought in to confirm the distance. A gun was set up ready to engage. The target had established a pattern. This incident took place in the Western Desert near El Agheila (450 miles from Tripoli and 700 west of Alexandria).

     
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    Ghillie Suit from WW II. Note it has a face veil to prevent the eyes from betraying the user's presence.
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    Sepp Allerberger was instructed on how to make a camouflage suit, but he thought them too cumbersome for use in the field and felt it was better to improvise with local vegetation.

    The above image was submitted to the book designer last week. I don't know if the designer considers it worthy for inclusion.
     
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