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Out of Nowhere: A history of the military sniper, from the Sharpshooter to Afghanistan

by Martin Pegler

From the American War of Independence to World War II, the history of the military combat marksman is one of indifference and cost cutting. Despite the proven effectiveness of the rifleman in battle, for most...


Soldiers' Songs and Slang of the Great War

by Martin Pegler

Have you ever "gotten dirty at the crossroads" in a "knocking shop"? Or been in a "bun-fight"? Can you sing "I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now?", "Bicycle Built for Two" or "Danny Boy"? Soldiers' Songs and Slang...


Posters of the Great War

by Frederick Hadley & Martin Pegler

Until the arrival of radio and television, and despite the influence of newspapers, posters were the major medium for mass communication. During the Great War all the belligerent nations produced an extraordinary...


Sniping in the Great War

by Martin Pegler

Military snipers are highly trained marksmen who target individual enemy soldiers. They are regarded as vital specialists in modern warfare, and their role evolved throughout the Great War. As Martin Pegler...


The Vickers-Maxim Machine Gun

by Martin Pegler & Peter Dennis

The world's first self-powered machine gun, the Maxim gun became a potent symbol of Victorian colonialism in the closing years of the 19th century. It was the brainchild of Sir Hiram Maxim, the American-born...


Sniper Rifles: From the 19th to the 21st Century

by Martin Pegler & Peter Dennis

A technical outline of the history of the sniper rifle, from its introduction in warfare during the Napoleonic wars, through the US Civil War to its current apogee as the most frequently used combat rifle in...


The Thompson Submachine Gun: From Prohibition Chicago to World War II

by Martin Pegler & Peter Dennis

Osprey's new Weapon series provides a highly-detailed yet affordable overview of the development, use, and impact of small arms throughout history - from the sword to the machine gun.Learn the true story of...


The Lee-Enfield Rifle

by Martin Pegler & Peter Dennis

The Lee-Enfield is one of the 20th century's most recognizable and longest-serving military rifles. It was adopted by the British Army in 1895 and only replaced by the L1A1 SLR in 1957; even then a sniper variant,...


Sniper: A History of the US Marksman

by Martin Pegler

Following on from the success of Out of Nowhere - A History of the Military Sniper, Martin Pegler has given us an in-depth study of not only the development of the rifle, but also the parallel emergence of the...