POTD: Dutch Sniper in Baghdad

    Hille James

    This Photo Of The Day reminds me of some of the photos from the last few days in the Battle for Berlin, during World War II. The picture is taken by the excellent photographer Hille Hillinga, Hille James Combat Photographer. We’re looking at a Dutch sniper overlooking Baghdad, the capital of Iraq. It looks like he’s using a Heckler & Koch HK417, probably with a Schmidt & Bender riflescope on it.

    Below is the picture in full size.

    During his deployment in Afghanistan in 2007, Hille and his team were hit by an IED. Fortunately, there were no fatalities, but Hille and his buddy got injured in the blast.

    He found his new passion in photography and became one of the photographers for the brigade, embedded on some of the missions. Luckily he shares his work with us.  

    You can find more samples of his work here:

    Hille James Combat Photographer – Sniper in Baghdad

    Korps Commandotroepen Sniper in Afghanistan

    And I was in the Darkness and Darkness I Became