POTD: Snipers in Kaliningrad

    Today’s Photo is from the shores of Kaliningrad, a city in the administrative centre of Kaliningrad Oblast, a Russian exclave between Poland and Lithuania on the Baltic Sea.

    Check out the location on the map, it’s a bit odd piece of land.

    We’re looking at Russian snipers from the Baltic Fleet , preparing to practice night combat.

    From the Russian caption (auto-translated):

    During the training, military personnel improve their practical skills in fire, tactical and special training. Training tasks are practiced as part of sniper pairs and groups. In order to develop attentiveness among military personnel during practical shooting, a new operational environment is created daily for sniper units using modern radio-controlled targets.

    The practical part of the lessons includes elements of reconnaissance and the ability to quickly navigate the battlefield at night. Heads of classes evaluate camouflage skills using improvised tools and competent actions in preparing a scheme of escape routes.

    Until the end of the week, during night exercises on fire training, snipers will perform more than a dozen training exercises using night sights, hitting targets at distances from 300 to 800 meters.

    In total, about 100 military personnel from formations and military units of the corps participate in combat training events.


    Classes are held with participants to disguise, classify targets, adjust fire, master the skills of using observation and aiming devices, determine the distance to a target and fire at maximum possible ranges in the dark and daylight hours.

    Sources: Russian Department Of Defense. MIL.ru and Wikipedia.

    POTD, short for Photo Of The Day, is TFB’s recurring articles where we go to great length trying to find the best pictures out there.