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A cuckoo is a military slang term for a sniper, disguised in a sprawling tree. This word has been particularly applied to the Finnish Winter War snipers and the World War II German snipers, who took pot-shots from hidden vantage points.

During World War II, before 1944, the German high command left many cuckoos behind as their armies retreated, in order to delay the Soviet rush.[1]

In popular culture[edit | edit source]

The 2002 Russian film The Cuckoo tells a story of Finnish cuckoo sniper.

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