Among the top snipers in the trenches of France and Flanders during World War I were Chippewa, Cree, Blackfeet, Mohawk, Iroquois and Inuit men who served in the Canadian Expeditionary Force.
During World War I, America’s top riflemen and British and Canadian instructors ran the United States’ first sniper school at Camp Perry, Ohio. The skills taught there would soon be used in the trenches of France, and then wouldn’t be taught again for 60 years.
When U.S. forces rushed to stop the North Koreans from overrunning South Korea in 1950, there were almost no American snipers. As the battle lines stabilized, that would change, and the war would become ideal for the employment of well-equipped and well-trained snipers.