The book does what it says plainly and simply. Anyone who has bought the book because the cover says "SAS and Elite Forces" will not be disappointed. But basically that's it. I was a marksman and shot competitively many years ago, but nothing special, certainly not SAS and, to be fair outside of the Royal Armoured Corps (and probably outside of the reconnaissance branch of the RAC), not what most would consider to be elite.
2. The sniper's place in modern infantry doctrine
3. Snipers in law enforcement
4. Sniper selection and training
5. Sniper equipment
7. Sniper operations
8. The sniper in the field
9. In proximity to the enemy
10. The sniper in position
11. Tactical preparation
12. The effect of the shot.
But there is nothing in this book that will come as any great surprise to anyone who has done a tour even as a section rifleman or anyone who has read any of a number of the books the Army Rumour Service keep sending me to review (not that I am in any way complaining, you understand: we cannot all cherry-pick only the best-sellers [Cheeky bugger! Ed. ]).
I am sure that it would be popular with a certain genre of readers, but there is little to commend about this book.
I'll give it two Mushroomheads simply because it is Christmas, the end of the world hasn't happened (yet) and I am feeling generous.
SAS and Elite Forces Guide : Sniper by Martin J Dougherty published by Lyons Press
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