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ww1 sniper scope comparison article
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The column posted to the right is a mildly technical piece that compares the German sniper scopes used during W.W. I to those of the British; happily, the amusing part of this essay is contained in the opening paragraph in which a British Tommy returning from the front, is quoted as exclaiming:

"German snipers are better shots than the English because their rifles have telescopic sights that are illuminated at night."

Although little reference is made to this innovation (that would not be realized for another fifty years), the journalist believed, contrary to British soldier, that the enemy sniper scopes only had illuminated cross-hairs in daytime, thanks to the optics of the Goertz prism.

     


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Sniper Scopes Compared (Literary Digest, 1916)

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