This picture shows Red Army snipers as they search for German Wehrmacht prey during the Battle of Stalingrad in 1942-43.The Battle of of Stalingrad was waged from August of 1942 to February of 1943 and was without a doubt the most decisive battle of the Second World War.Some people may claim that the Battle of Kursk was the decisive conflict, but had the Germans not lost so immensely at Stalingrad a few months before, Kursk would never have happened. The truth is that the Germans lost the strategic initiative at Stalingrad, and with so many casualties sustained, they would never regain it. While the Soviets were able to call up vast reserves of seemingly unending amounts of men, the Germans could not sustain such high losses, and even if their army was more elite, sheer numbers would be their greatest enemy.At the Battle of Stalingrad, sniping and counter-sniping played a role in the battle. Taking refuge amongst the ruins, Soviet snipers like Vasily Zaytsev targeted German troops and officers, and when the occasion arose, German counter-snipers. Almost like a game of cat and mouse, the snipers would hunt each other. To win you had to be one step ahead of your enemy, and you had to be a good shot so you didn’t miss the perfect opportunity.If you have every played the game Call of Duty World at War, you might recall the campaign mission where you play as a sniper and counter-snipe against a German sharpshooter within the ruins of the city. You had to predict the enemies movements. Where he was, where he would be next, when he would aim at you, if he knew where you were. Are you safe? Does he know your position? Can you peek out and take aim with him not knowing? These are all questions circulating through the head of a sniper in these situations.