Deerhunting skills in the trenches: Sniping in France, 1915-1918

All sides brought their big-game hunting skills to the trenches of the First World War. The Germans dominated sniping for the first months of the war. On the British side, Major Hesketh Prichard set up the First Army’s sniping school at Linghem, training troops from all over the world in sniping skills. In this film, Prichard’s great grandson Charlie Jacoby looks at First World War Sniping, the skills and the human cost.

Pictures from Hesketh Prichard’s book Sniping in France are available to download at

Here are the links to the people who helped with this film:
The Imperial War Museum in London
The Pas de Calais region of France

This item appears in Fieldsports Britain, episode 254. To watch the whole show go to

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