Red Army Sniper : A Memoir of the Eastern Front in World War II Hardback
'I did not regard myself as a slacker. Even in childhood I taught myself to carry out tasks entrusted conscientiously and carefully.
In war, it is no secret that the casual don't survive'. Evgeni Nikolaev was one of Russia s leading snipers of World War II and his memoir provides and unparralled account of frontline action in crucial theatres of war.
Nikolaev is credited with a remarkable 324 kills and his wartime service included time in the siege of Leningrad in 1941/1942.
His memoir is not an neutral, apolitical account. Far from it. Nikolaev asserts, for example, that Finland attached Russia.
As a member of the NKVD is it not surprising that his memoir full of historical misinterpretation and justification of the agency s actions. Equally, Nikoalev is dismissive of his Nazi opponents.
He variously describes his Nazi counterparts as bandits and scum and implores the reader to take a look, fellows, at the beast of a bastard I ve laid low . In vivid, arresting recollections he paints his actions in a saintly heroic light. He describes the comfort of the German foxholes, wired with telephone connections, relative to the Russians who fasted without food or water awaiting the moment for a perfect shot.
He claimes the Russian soldier was a moral warrior, killing only with head or heart shots. In addition to describing details of his kills, Nikolaev explains how his life was saved when an explosive rifle bullet struck a watch that he kept in his jacket pocket.
His life was saved by a surgeon who extracted all the watch parts.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 208 pages, 16pp of b&w plates
- Publisher: Greenhill Books
- Publication Date: 15/11/2017
- Category: Autobiography: historical, political & military
- ISBN: 9781784382360