German Sniper in World War II

German Snipers & Sharpshooters in 14 Photographs in WWII

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.

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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.

A German Sniper and Spotter in Position observing at Woronesch.
A German Sniper and Spotter in Position observing at Woronesch.
German Sniper in World War II.
German Sniper in World War II.
German Sniper in Training.
German Sniper in Training.
German Sniper in Training.
German Sniper in Training.
German Sniper in Training.
German Sniper in Training.
German sniper in a tree in Europe during World War II.
German sniper in a tree in Europe during World War II.
German Sharpshooter in Russia, WWII.
German Sharpshooter in Russia, WWII.
German Sniper in World War II
German Sniper in World War II
German soldier with his captured Soviet Mosin Nagant PEM sniper rifle
German soldier with his captured Soviet Mosin Nagant PEM sniper rifle. Note the Edelweiss on his cap.
German Sniper on the Russian Front
German Sniper on the Russian Front
German Sniper in World War II
German Sniper in World War II.
Luftwaffe Ground Forces, Soldier equipped with the K98k with Zielfernrohr ZF41
Luftwaffe Ground Forces, Soldier equipped with the K98k with Zielfernrohr ZF41
Soviet union, before Stalingrad. Photo shows German sniper using the Mauser 98k rifle with Russian PE scope mounted.
Soviet union, before Stalingrad. Photo shows German sniper using the Mauser 98k rifle with Russian PE scope mounted.
German Sniper in Training.
German Sniper in Training.

For those interested, you can read our newest article on the Top 5 Snipers of World War II.

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