Photographical journey through the German snipers and sharpshooters of World War II.
Most German snipers were armed with the Karabiner 98 and later Gewehr 43 rifles, but there were often not enough of these weapons available, and as such some were armed with captured scoped Mosin–Nagant 1891/30, SVT or Czech Mauser rifles.
According to various sources the German snipers were at the time the only snipers in the world which were issued with purpose-manufactured sniping ammunition, known as the ‘effect-firing’ sS round. As aiming optics German snipers used the Zeiss Zielvier 4x (ZF39) telescopic sight, ZF42, Zielfernrohr 43 (ZF 4), Zeiss Zielsechs 6x and other telescopic sights by.
One of the most known German snipers of World War II is Josef ‘Sepp’ Allerberger.
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