Stalingrad was one of the most brutal conflicts during WWII. The close, street-to-street fighting made the use of snipers an everyday issue for both sides. With endless places to hide, a sniper could pin down entire sections of enemy forces or take out key members of the opposing force. In this article, Warlord Games takes a look at snipers in Bolt Action and specifically the Stalingrad book.
From the post:
Bullets shriek overhead as a bitter duel rages back and forth in the streets of Stalingrad. Keen-eyed snipers play a deadly game of cat-and-mouse.
As the German advance into the city ground to a halt, fighting within Stalingrad took on a rhythm similar to that of World War I. Both sides dug extensive trench networks and fortified buildings into inter-connected defence networks. Large-scale attacks became increasingly difficult.
Mobile warfare was replaced with frequent artillery bombardment, trench raids, and sniping. The spontaneous appearance of the sniper movement within the Soviet army led to a vast increase in the number of snipers
patrolling the front line. German sharpshooters quickly followed suit, with each sniper seeking to rack up as many kills as possible.
Sometimes these silent hunters encountered each other on the front lines and a deadly game of cat-and-mouse would play out, where only one sharpshooter could come out on top – or alive.