A German source reports the following notes dealing with snipers and the use of rifles with telescopic sights.
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(1) Rifles with telescopic sights must be given to the best marksmen irrespective of rank. This
should be looked upon as an honor, and changes should be avoided as far as possible;
(2) Continuous fire should be kept up when on the defensive in order to harass the enemy;
(3) During the attack the sniper should concentrate on the particularly
dangerous targets and flanking movements. He should be situated some distance
away from his squad and so be used for observation. Combination with mortar
and rifle grenades is particularly effective, as the enemy can then be sniped at
when he has been forced out from his cover.
When considering the telescopic sight it must be realized that the greater the
magnification, the smaller the field of vision. A telescopic sight with wide
field of vision and high magnification is not available for general service
because of its size and its sensitivity. Further experiments in this respect are, however, being
carried out. A telescopic sight of the sporting type is not suitable for military
purposes and cannot be manufactured within a short period in sufficient quantities
for issue in large numbers. The intention is to issue as many serviceable telescopic
sights as possible, and not to develop just a few high-grade optical instruments.
The present telescopic sight has a low magnification but has been
confirmed by experimental units as practical and rugged. When properly
handled, it is effective in the field.
Sights must be tested before issue and, if necessary, corrected. This is nearly
always the case when the sights have been transported for long periods.
For good results a fork rest is sometimes advisable. The range may have to be
determined by using tracer; the actual sniping should be done from another position
as the tracer will have given away the original position.
It is intended to issue one telescopic sight to each company and platoon HQ, and to each
rifle squad. A special sniper's badge is under consideration.
Comment: This is evidence of increased German interest in sniping on a large
scale. It is known that the Germans have been much impressed by Russian sniping methods.