That would be problematic since each piece on the board represents a number of units. I think that an infantry would encompass many different weapons including snipers. The problem with having snipers is that they would have to kill a whole division of infantry to take off one piece from the board.
I like the thinking though. Maybe if you played with Leaders it would take a sniper to take one of them out.
Yes General, this was my thought also on the size of inf divisions. I’ll just have a a another special inf added to game or list where the sniper gets a preempted shot into the next territory or better yet gets for every round of battle a A2 D2 M1 C4 and defender gets no return fire whether the sniper is attacking alone or with a group of ground troops. Can retreat at anytime. Only 1 on map per country at all times. Still thinking of giving the sniper a no defense shot. just give him the retreat option do to cover.
On 39 setup I will give 1ea sniper to Fins, Ger and Russia. 40 setup 1 sniper to Ger and 1 sniper to Russia.
I know Japan had a few but how good were they ?
Maybe if you played with Leaders it would take a sniper to take one of them out.
In general – no pun intended – high-level officers and political leaders don’t get too close to a fighting front, at least in modern warfare. There are exceptions, of course (Rommel, for example, was a general who valued having a first-hand view of the fighting), but by and large the rule of thumb is: the higher the position of the leader, the further away from the front he tends to stay. Snipers, on the other hand, are only useful at the front. There’s no job for them in the rear, because there are no enemy targets there. And in WWII you didn’t usually find them “ahead” of the front – meaning in enemy territory – because that would usually have implied some sort of parachute drop or infiltration mission. Perhaps this was done in some special-forces types of operations in WWII, but my guess is that this wasn’t commonplace. And this raises a related point: assuming that a sniper was (for example) parachuted into enemy territory with the express mission of shooting a specific general (or worse still a specific political leader), would this qualify as an assassination rather than as a military operation, and if so would it be legal under the laws of war? I don’t know the answer to the legal point. The US military did spend some time debating this issue when it was planning the P-38 mission that specifically targeted a plane trip that Yamamoto was going to take (and which the US knew about in advance), and they ultimately decided that he was a legitimate military target. (And they did manage to shoot him down.) Rommel was similarly the personal target of a British commando raid on what was supposed to be the house where he was residing in North Africa – it’s dramatized at the opening of the movie The Desert Fox – but he turned out to be elsewhere and the raid only served to enhance Rommel’s reputation as an elusive and unstoppable general.
This may give me another event card I may add to each countries deck. “One enemy General killed in bomb explosion.” or something to that effect.
Just a thought.