The rifle of “Supersniper” is being exhibited in Volgograd

Vasily Grigoryevich Zaytsev was a Soviet lieutenant who became well known for his role as a sniper during the battle for Stalingrad. Prior to 10 November 1942, he killed 32 Axis soldiers with a standard-issue rifle. Between 10 November 1942 and 17 December 1942, during the Battle of Stalingrad, he killed 225 enemy soldiers, including 11 snipers.

Zaytsev became a heroic figure during the war and later a Hero of the Soviet Union, and he remains lauded for his skills as a sniper. His life and military career have been the subject of several books and films.

Russian M1891/30 Mosin-Nagant with PU scope / Image: Geoffrey Brown
Zaytsev’s Mosin-Nagant Rifle, the Battle of Stalingrad museum-panorama / Image: Wikimedia Commons

Featured Image: Vasily Zaytsev



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