THE HUNTER OF MAN

  • E.M. Malone Army Headquarters, Pretoria
Keywords: 60th 'Royal Americans', French and Red Indian force, Christmas Day 1755, 2nd Regiment

Abstract

The origins of sniping - the ability to kill one's enemy at a range far exceeding that of ordinary military rifles - may be traced at least as far back as 1755, in which year the British Government, licking their wounds after an inglorious defeat on the banks of the Ohio River by a combined French and Red Indian force, raised from among the American settlers a unique corps of trained marksmen, whose arms, dress and mobility approximated those of their enemies. This corps d'elite, whose birthday is given as Christmas Day 1755, was orignally named the 2nd Regiment, the title being subsequently altered to the 60th 'Royal Americans'.
Published
2012-02-28
Section
Articles