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    German snipers from the Parachute Panzer Division “Hermann Goering" on the streets of the city Bautzen in Saxony, Germany. The man 3rd from right carries a Soviet Mosin Nagant PU sniper rifle.

    Russian renowned sniper Vasily Zaytsev posing with his Mosin-Nagant sniper rifle, Stalingrad, Russia, Oct 1942

    WW2 German Sniper K98 Mauser

    John Garand and his rifle (Rifle, Caliber .30, M1)

    US soldiers attempting to stay out of a sniper’s sight after a comrade was hit, Worms, GER March 1945

    M1 Garand, M14, FN FAL, FN SCAR-17. Last three in 7.62x51mm NATO. The Garand is in 7.62x63mm (.30 US rifle)

    Reviewing a Panzer IV in the Eastern Front by GLORY. The largest archive of german WWII images, via Flickr

    The United States was the only country to equip its troops with an auto-loading rifle (officially designated as United States Rifle, Caliber .30, M1) as the standard infantry weapon of WWII. It gave our troops a tremendous advantage in firepower, and led General George Patton to call the M1 Garand, “The greatest battle implement ever devised.”

    U.S. marine engages the Japanese with his M1 Garand in the jungles of Bougainville, 1944.

    WWI Russians and their Mosin Nagant rifles

    Garand M1D Sniper Rifle

    M1 Garand and other good battle platforms

    Red Army snipers wearing the forest camouflage wrap-around that was issued in early 1943. Original caption refers simply to "Soviet snipers." Undated. Note the Moshin-Nagant rifles with the modified PEM scope.To this day, the M-N remains the most widely produced and longest serving sniper rifle in the world, and remained the Soviet Union's main sniper rifle until it was superseded in 1962 by the semi-automatic SVD Dragunov rifle.

    Soviet soldier smashing a poster of Adolf Hitler with his rifle.

    German soldiers - Autumn 1942 by GLORY. The largest archive of german WWII images, via Flickr

    The Totenkopf division was one of the "Germanic" divisions of the Waffen-SS. These included 1st SS Panzer Division Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler, 2nd SS Panzer Division Das Reich, and 5th SS Panzer Division Wiking.

    The Mosin Nagant also saw service in Estonia after WW2 as a part of the Soviet Union.  In the photo are Soviet (Estonian) soldiers in training.  Notice the second rifle which has a bent bolt of some sort but does not appear to be a sniper rifle.

    Mosin Nagant sniper rifles

    Simo Hayha, "The White Death" is considered to be the most effective sniper in Human History. He served in the Finnish Civil Guard during the Winter War with the Soviet Union in 1939-1940. Over the course of 100 days on the Kollaa Front, Hayha killed 705 Soviet Soldiers, including 542 with his bolt-action M28-30 Mosin Nagant carbine. He also refused to use a scope, making all of his kills with traditional iron sights.

    Stone Street, Bautzen 1991 - 2001

    Lou Vecchi of H/506th holding the GIs best friend, the 30-06 caliber M-1 rifle designed by John Garand. Utilizing an 8 round clip, the gas-operated, semi auto weapon allowed the user to fire eight times, as fast as he could pull the trigger. This gave a distinct advantage over Axis opponents who were mostly using bolt-action rifles. photo c/o Bob Martin.