Allied WWII snipers in 13 extraordinary photographs

Photographical journey through the Allied snipers of World War II. Most are British and, or Canadian Snipers using the British Lee Enfield.


The first photograph shows a sniper demonstrating his camouflage (note: German Waffen-SS Camo Pattern: named unofficially "Early Plane Tree") at a sniper school in a French village, July 27, 1944. The lesson here was probably "Know Your Enemy" to demonstrate how German Snipers were clothed.

A sniper applying camouflage face cream at a sniper school in a Normandy village, July 27, 1944.

A British sniper takes aim through the telescopic sights of his rifle on the range at a sniper training school in France, July 27, 1944.

Snipers training at the same sniper school as the photographs above, somewhere in a French village, July 27, 1944.

A 6th Airborne Division sniper on patrol in the Ardennes, wearing a snow camouflage suit, January 14, 1945.

A British sniper, Private Sutcliffe, seated at a window of a house in Caen watching for enemy snipers through telescopic sights.

A camouflage suit for a sniper of the British Army.

A sniper from C Company, 5th Battalion, The Black Watch , 51st (Highland) Division, in position in the loft space of a ruined building in Gennep, Holland, February 14, 1945.

A sniper from the Seaforth Highlanders takes aim from behind a carrier as 15th (Scottish) Division troops deal with German resistance in Uelzen, April 16, 1945.

Lance Corporal A P Proctor, a sniper with 56th Division, cleaning his rifle, November 24, 1943.

Canadian Sniper, Pte. L. V. Hughe in World War II.

Sergeant H.A. Marshall of the Calgary Highlanders Sniping Platoon. Kapellen, Belgium.

Image Credits: Imperial War Museum and Canadian War Archives under C.C. License

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