|If Germany had 1000 modern sniper teams, armed with .50 BMG, suppressed sniper rifles and Steyr IWS 2000 (15.2mm depleted uranium apfsds rounds capable of 70mm penetration @ 1000 meters!) at the beginning of 1943, would they have been a game-changer?
Given night-vision scopes and modern sniper and spec-ops tactics they would have been incredibly lethal. No place to hide given the penetration, no counter-fire with night vision scopes and 1500 meter range. Heck, they could take out quite a few tanks with flank shots and the Steyr - not many tanks had over 70mm armor on the sides, and no half-track would be safe from any angle.
hink of the carnage that several hundred sniper teams could inflict at Stalingrad, especially with night vision scopes. Would Bastogne have fallen if 50 sniper teams were able to take out OPs, and keep GI's heads down in their foxholes?
With Raufoss rounds and spec-ops tactics would any fuel dump within 50 clicks of the front be safe? Tanks would have to be buttoned up at all times else commanders would be target practice vs the Steyr.
Yes the enemy would adapt, but how do you man an OP or a check-point when all the sniper has to do is get within 1 kilometer at night and fire at will?