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    B in Oz and 55recce. You are dead right especially in your para 2. I remember some sage words from a good friend, and it's this. The first people to read your book immediately know more than you do. That's because they now know ALL that you have written PLUS the tiny amount that they knew before. And this brings me on to the point. Then they write THEIR book. The next person does the same and the next book gets published - with all the errors being perpetuated. Stop here......

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    Quote Originally Posted by bros View Post
    There was a thread a while back about a book with a snipers personal experience with the No4 T. Can't seem to find it. I do have Captain C. Shore's book...... any others out there?
    I don't think there are any others? IIRC, Peglar was in contact with ex-6th Green Howards sniper Harry Furniss when doing his book, but from my contact with ex-WW2 vets in years gone by, those few snipers that survived the war, tended to keep quiet about their specialist skill. I only met one, and then I only found out that he was a sniper after he had passed away.

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    Harry Furness is still going. He's now 93 or 94 & to the best of my knowledge the last surviving Britishicon sniper to have gone over on D-Day. He's very frail now but he's hanging in there. Quite a man indeed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonh172 View Post
    I have a copy of the sniper i would lend if interested
    Thanks John for being helpful but I found a source.

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    Excellent!

    Hopefully it makes up for my blunder...

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    You won't find much because very few soldiers were or are particularly interested in their equipment from technical point of view like a McBride or a Shore. It was a job they did and then tried to forget.
    "Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing had happened." W.L.S.C..

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    I concur with them not putting it to paper what they did, from somewhere from what I have read one stated "Its a different thing to be able to look at their face clearly and see the shock on the face when they are struck by the bullet unlike the ordinary soldier whom may never see their eyes."

    One sniper was I think perhaps may have been bored when he spied a Germanicon doing a No.2 and promptly shot him through both butt cheeks..................

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    Quote Originally Posted by Surpmil View Post
    You won't find much because very few soldiers were or are particularly interested in their equipment from technical point of view like a McBride or a Shore. It was a job they did and then tried to forget.
    Did McBride put out a book like Shore did?

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    A Rifleman Went to War and The Emma Gees
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