When the topic of snipers in WWII comes up, it's almost always about Soviet snipers and the eastern front. What about the western front? I'm specifically interested in how or if the British, American, and German armies utilized them. Some specifics relating to the topic:
- Were they ever assigned to a squad, similar to a designated marksman in modern militaries?
- Were they their own unit, and if so, how many soldiers typically made up a sniper unit?
- What was the primary task of snipers? When did command decide a task needed a sniper instead of a typical rifle unit?