Canadian Calgary Highlanders Sniping Platoon Sergeant Harold A. Marshall posing with his Lee-Enfield No. 4 Mk. I rifle, Kapellen, Belgium, 6 Oct 1944

Caption   Canadian Calgary Highlanders Sniping Platoon Sergeant Harold A. Marshall posing with his Lee-Enfield No. 4 Mk. I rifle, Kapellen, Belgium, 6 Oct 1944 ww2dbase
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Source    ww2dbaseLibrary and Archives Canada
Identification Code   3206370
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Lee-Enfield No. 4   Main article  Photos  
Photos on Same Day See all photos dated 6 Oct 1944
Added By C. Peter Chen
Added Date 2 Jun 2010
Licensing  Public Domain



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1. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
19 Sep 2011 01:19:01 PM

THE THOUSAND YARD STARE: SAW THE TARGET IN MY SCOPE AND TOOK THE SHOT IT WAS A LUCKLY ONE, I'LL TELL YOU THAT IT WAS OUT TO 3000 YARDS, OR 2,743 METERS. I HATE THIS BLOODY WAR, SNIPING AT JERRY, BUT HE DOES THE SAME TO US. THE 1,000 YARD STARE IS THE LOOK THROUGH THE OBVIOUS, A STARE BEYOND OR THROUGH TO THE OTHER SIDE OF REALITY. ITS A STARE ALL COMBAT VETERANS GET. BESIDES HIS LEE-ENFLELD NO4 THE SERGEANT HAS HIS FIELD GLASSES, AND PACKIN WHAT COULD BE A WEBLEY REVOLVER AND AN M36 HAND GRENADE BUT THIS IS MY GUESS
2. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
20 Sep 2011 12:21:29 PM

WHEN I WENT INTO THE ARMY, I WAS ISSUED A RIFLE FROM THE ARMORY, AND TRAINED HOW TO USE IT. WHEN MY SERVICE DAYS WERE AT AN END, THE RIFLE WAS RETURNED. NO MATTER WHAT I HAVE DONE IN CIVILIAN LIFE, WORK, BUILD A HOME, LOVE A WOMAN, CHANGE MY SON'S DIAPER I'LL ALWAYS REMEMBER HOW TO USE THAT RIFLE...
3. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
22 Sep 2011 11:49:08 AM

SERGEANT HAROLD A. MARSHALL, WAS WOUNDED IN ACTION DECEMBER 15, 1944, HE SURVIVED WWII. AWARDS: 1939-1945 STAR, WAR MEDAL, DEFENCE MEDAL, CANADIAN VOLUNTEER SERVICE MEDAL W/CLASP, FRANCE AND GERMANY STAR. THE SERGEANT HAS BEEN ISSUED A DENISON SMOCK AND OF INTEREST IS THE FACE VEIL WARN AROUND THE NECK FOR WARMTH, OR TO COVER HIS HEAD AS SHOWN IN THE PHOTOGRAPH. THE LEE-ENFIELD RIFLE SCOPE IS A NO.32 MK.III MY FIRST GUESS WAS THAT THE SERGEANT WAS PACKIN A WEBLEY REVOLVER, BUT LOOKING CLOSER IT LOOKS LIKE THE HANDLE OF A KUKRI FIGHTING KNIFE FOLLOW THE HANDLE, ALONG THE LEFT LEG, AND YOU CAN SEE THE LEATHER SHEATH, ITS HEAVY BLADE ENABLES THE USER TO INFLICT DEEP WOUNDS, AND CAN CUT THROUGH MUSCLE AND BONE. GURKHA TROOPS ALSO USE THE KUKRI.
4. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
22 Sep 2011 04:27:50 PM

SNIPER: THE TERM SNIPER GOES BACK TO 1824, THE WORD CAME INTO USE BY THE BRITISH IN INDIA, WHERE A HUNTER SKILLED ENOUGH TO SHOOT AND KILL THE ELUSIVE SNIPE, WAS DUBBED A "SNIPER" SNIPERS WERE USED IN THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION AND CIVIL WAR, USED IN WARS BEFORE WWI, WWII AND ALL FOLLOWING CONFLICTS. THE ARMED FORCES OF THE WORLD EMPLOY SNIPERS THEY ARE GIVEN SPECIALIZED TRAINING IN CAMOUFLAGE, INFILTRATION, RECONNAISSANCE OBSERVATION AND PRECISION MARKSMENSHIP. SNIPE IS A SMALL ELUSIVE BIRD, ITS CAMOUFLAGE ENABLES IT TO REMAIN UNDETECTED BY HUNTERS. THE DIFFICULTIES IN HUNTING THE SNIPE GAVE RISE TO THE TERM "SNIPER" REFERRING TO A SKILLED MARKSMAN.
5. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
22 Sep 2011 08:08:01 PM

LISTING SOME OF THE RIFLES USED: AMERICAN: SPRINGFIELD M1903 AND GARAND M1 BRITISH: LEE-ENFIELD GERMAN: MAUSER 98K AND GEWEHR 43 ITALIAN: CARCANO MODEL 1891 JAPANESE: ARISAKA TYPE 97 SOVIET: MOSIN NAGANT M1891 AND SVT-40
6. Roy Crabb says:
16 Mar 2016 11:34:37 AM

I knew Harold quiet well. He taught me how to use a rifle and pistol ,and shooting techniques. His instruction all came back while serving in Vietnam. I admired him for his strength, integrity,kindness and his tenacity. Thank you uncle for your service. May you be at peace now.

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