War of The Rats
By David L. Robbins
This is the story
of Russian Sniper Vasili Zaitsev and it takes place during the battle of
Stalingrad in WWII. The story
starts out with a young Russian Navy clerk pressed into service to defend his
homeland against the Nazi invaders. Soon enough, Zaitsev turns his experience
hunting wolves in Siberia to his advantage as he starts hunting German officers,
artillery spotters, machine gunners, and other snipers. His efforts come to the
attention of a Soviet Political officer named Danilov and he is turned into a
hero to inspirer the beleaguered troops defending the city in brutal close
personal combat in the streets, buildings, cellars, and sewers of Stalingrad.
His successes don’t go un-noticed by the Germans and they send for their best
sniper to hunt down this Russian hero and kill him.
This story is more
detailed than the recent film Enemy At The Gates and shows more of
Vasili’s training and personal history. It also gives details of his life as a
child and how he learned to hunt. You get a real feeling for what it was like
living day to day in Stalingrad. Following a fictional German corporal through
the story gives you a look at how the Germans lived as well. With historical
research and personal interviews, the book is a riveting tale of two giants
who’s destinies come crashing together.
From a technical
standpoint, following snipers through the war torn city of Stalingrad gives us a
wealth of tactical information, techniques and ideas. It covers more of the
training and operations of snipers that we can use in our game. Some examples
include using strings tied to cans in front of enemy positions. When the sniper
pulls the string, the curious sniper bait sticks his head up to see what made
the noise. Just long enough to get a shot off.
When reading War Of The Rats, keep a notepad with you and jot some
of the ideas down and try them.
what it’s worth.