Russian soldier Vasily Zaytsev posing with his Mosin-Nagant sniper rifle, Stalingrad, Russia, Oct 1942

Caption   Russian soldier Vasily Zaytsev posing with his Mosin-Nagant sniper rifle, Stalingrad, Russia, Oct 1942 ww2dbase
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Added Date 11 Jan 2010

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1. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
22 Dec 2010 06:05:00 PM

Vasily Zaytsev 1915-1991

Army sniper during the Battle of Stalingrad
He killed 242 German soldiers, both enlisted
and officers, other Axis soldiers and six snipers.

Did You Know..

Zaytsev served in the Red Navy as a clerk,
and volunteered for front-line duty.
Serving with the 1047th Rifle Regimate he
used the 7.62x54mm Mosin-Nagant Bolt-Action

Over 37,000,000 were made the rifle is still
in use today around the world.
In the civilian world the Mosin-Nagant found its way into hunting and sports-shooting.

His skill as a experienced sniper allowed him to establish a sniper school.
It is estimated that the snipers trained killed over 3,000 enemy soldiers.
Today every U.S. Army sniper must memorize his tactics and methods during training.


He was wounded in battle, and returned to duty. Awarded The Hero of the Soviet Union he survived World War II and retired with
the rank of Captain.
After the war he worked as a manager of a factory in Kiev he died in 1991 age 76

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2. Anonymous says:
19 Oct 2011 10:09:33 PM

What a *** boss
3. Cor Többen says:
23 Oct 2014 05:42:51 AM

See the movie "Enemy at the Gates" (2001) about his actions during the battle of Stalingrad with Jude Law, Ed Harris, Joseph Fiennes and Rachel Weisz.
4. renato says:
3 Dec 2014 04:59:21 PM

vasily y la mosin nagant , un arma historica
5. Yuri says:
12 Jan 2015 01:51:47 AM

Vasili Zaytsev hero. Find "stalingrad" movie.

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