Review: Sniping in the Great War (Pegler)

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Sniping in the Great War.

A helpful little book filled with technical details on the guns, scopes, practices and personalities behind the performance of sniping among various Commonwealth and Regular troops of the BEF. The German side of the story is given generous, if not as thorough, treatment as are the British. An overview of the history of wartime rifle use in other times and places is included.

It’s well enough written, with few grammatical errors, but it’s obviously been padded with a great deal of repetitive, almost literary, verbiage, without which it would have been a much shorter book. There are detailed photographs of the arms, and pictures of proponents of the skill.

My big gripe with the book is that although published in hardcover with a fine, glossy dust jacket, the pages started falling out – and it was purchased new.

Otherwise, not a bad investment for those who want some in-depth, albeit brief, background on this aspect of trench warfare.

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A Quiet Night: December, 1916.

A Quiet Night: December, 1916

Light startles me awake – at first,
I think I sleep again amid the frost.
Then from the bed I raise my head
And see the moon – relax! I’m safe at home.

Inspired by  Li Po (701-762)

©2014 by Christine Plouvier. Winner of Second Place as part of a collection of poems, in the Adult category of the 1st Annual Peabody Public Library Poetry Contest, 2014. (See “We Have A Winner!” in the post, From the Slush Pile at the Irish Firebrands blog.

A Man Resting, near Arras. By William Orpen, 1917.
Courtesy Imperial War Museum, via Wikimedia Commons

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A Gift for Armchair Generals!

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To thank the readers of this trench newspaper, the Editor presents this page from The Bookplate Book, Volume 1.

Instructions: Click on the image, download, print on letter-sized paper, cut on dotted lines, trim away excess margins, and paste inside book covers.

The Bookplate Book, Volume 1 is available direct from the printer and from Amazon. Find out more by following these links:

Chris the Story Reading Ape’s Blog

Complete Preview at Cloudup

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