A sniperss tale

#1
As ever, not sure if this has been posted, but a great and humbling read about Aussie snipers in Korea. A sniper's tale

Through the telescopic sight he could see enemy soldiers with binoculars scanning his hillside. He aimed at one - putting the vertical "post" of the sight on the point of the chin - but did not fire until they turned to talk to each other, in case they saw a movement or rifle flash that would give him away.

The rifle's recoil meant he didn't see a bullet strike, so he could not be dead certain he had hit a particular target. A near miss meant his quarry would duck and hide, anyway. He was never sure which bullet was fatal. He found this element of doubt oddly comforting.

At Hill 614, in between scouting sorties, he spent hours alone on the hillside, methodically picking off his marks, one by one. He called it "switching them off". After each shot he would work the bolt gently to lever in another round, then lie stock still.
 
#2
Schleswig-Holstein said:
As ever, not sure if this has been posted, but a great and humbling read about Aussie snipers in Korea. A sniper's tale

Through the telescopic sight he could see enemy soldiers with binoculars scanning his hillside. He aimed at one - putting the vertical "post" of the sight on the point of the chin - but did not fire until they turned to talk to each other, in case they saw a movement or rifle flash that would give him away.

The rifle's recoil meant he didn't see a bullet strike, so he could not be dead certain he had hit a particular target. A near miss meant his quarry would duck and hide, anyway. He was never sure which bullet was fatal. He found this element of doubt oddly comforting.

At Hill 614, in between scouting sorties, he spent hours alone on the hillside, methodically picking off his marks, one by one. He called it "switching them off". After each shot he would work the bolt gently to lever in another round, then lie stock still.
Thanks for posting that.
 
#3
I'm feeling strangely aroused....
 
#5
Good post
 

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#6
Outstanding article.

I feel quite sorry for the bloke too, and not a little in awe.
 
#8
Years later, the same RSL branch asked him to join. "I told them to stick it up their arse." :D LMAO.

What a terrific story. Good post
 
#9
Journos here could do with reading that...it is human, reports but doesn't judge and reflects accurately the military facts and history. Then again why bother??
 
#10
Thanks for posting that. Good to read such stories.
 
#12
Sounds like a proper Digger to me. Good work.
 
#15
mac1 said:
kind of puts things into perspective: 3 year war with a million lives lost including 33,000 Americans
Almost certainly more. The Asian participants often weren't terribly accurate with their nominal rolls and had no idea how many troops were actually in the formations they were committing to battle, let alone their names. I know of families in both ROK and PRC who've still to this day no idea if their relatives are alive or dead. I imagine DPRK would be the same.

That was a fascinating read. A genuine insight into a job I certainly couldn't do.
 
#16
Cuddles said:
Journos here could do with reading that...it is human, reports but doesn't judge and reflects accurately the military facts and history. Then again why bother??
Journos don't judge - they just make it up (with a very few honourable exceptions). All best, squire.
 

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