High­ly skilled snipers were worth their weight in gold dur­ing II World. Fight­ing on the East­ern Front, the Sovi­ets posi­tioned their snipers, as expe­ri­enced shoot­ers, notice­ably dom­i­nant in many respects. The Sovi­et Union was the only one that trained snipers for ten years, prepar­ing for war. Their supe­ri­or­i­ty con­firm their “death lists” Expe­ri­enced snipers killed many peo­ple and, of course, were of great val­ue. For exam­ple, Vasi­ly Zait­sev killed 225 ene­my sol­diers dur­ing the Bat­tle of Stal­in­grad.

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10. Stepan Vasi­lye­vich Petrenko: 422 killed.

Dur­ing World War II, the Sovi­et Union had more skilled snipers than any oth­er coun­try on Earth. Due to their con­tin­ued train­ing and devel­op­ment dur­ing the 1930s, while oth­er coun­tries reduced their teams of spe­cial­ist snipers, the USSR had the best shoot­ers in the world. Stepan Vasi­lye­vich Petrenko was well known among the elite.

His high­est pro­fes­sion­al­ism is con­firmed by 422 killed ene­mies; the effec­tive­ness of the Sovi­et sniper train­ing pro­gram con­firms accu­rate shoot­ing and extreme­ly rare miss­es.

9. Vasi­ly Ivanovich Golosov: 422 killed.

Dur­ing the war, 261 shoot­ers (includ­ing women), each of whom killed at least 50 peo­ple, were award­ed the title of out­stand­ing sniper. Vasi­ly Ivanovich Golosov was one of those who received such an hon­or. His death list is 422 killed ene­mies.

8. Fedor Trofi­movich Dyachenko: 425 killed.

Dur­ing World War II, 428,335 peo­ple are believed to have received Red Army sniper train­ing, of which 9,534 used their qual­i­fi­ca­tions in death expe­ri­ence. Fedor Trofi­movich Dyachenko was one of those trainees who stood out. Sovi­et hero with 425 con­fir­ma­tions, received the Dis­tin­guished Ser­vice Medal “high hero­ism in mil­i­tary oper­a­tions against an armed ene­my.”

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7. Fedor Matvee­vich Okhlop­kov: 429 killed.

Fedor Matveye­vich Okhlop­kov, one of the most respect­ed snipers in the USSR. He and his broth­er were recruit­ed into the Red Army, but the broth­er was killed in action. Fyo­dor Matveye­vich vowed to avenge his broth­er by those. Who took his life. The num­ber of peo­ple killed by this sniper (429 peo­ple) is not includes the num­ber of ene­mies. Which he killed with a machine gun. In 1965 he was award­ed the Order of the Hero of the Sovi­et Union.

6. Mikhail Ivanovich Budenkov: 437 killed.

Mikhail Ivanovich Budenkov was among those snipers that few oth­ers could only aspire to. Sur­pris­ing­ly suc­cess­ful sniper with 437 killed. This num­ber does not include those killed by machine guns.

5. Vladimir Niko­lae­vich Pche­lint­sev: 456 killed.

Such a num­ber of dead can be attrib­uted not only to the skill and mas­tery of the rifle, but also to the knowl­edge of the land­scape and the abil­i­ty to com­pe­tent­ly dis­guise. Among these skilled and expe­ri­enced snipers was Vladimir Niko­lae­vich Pche­lint­sev, who killed 437 ene­mies.

4. Ivan Niko­lae­vich Kul­berti­nov: 489 killed.

Unlike most oth­er coun­tries dur­ing World War II, women could be snipers in the Sovi­et Union. In 1942, two semi-annu­al cours­es in which only women were trained paid off: almost 55,000 snipers were trained. 2,000 women took an active part in the war. Among them: Lyud­mi­la Pavlichenko, who killed 309 oppo­nents.

3. Niko­lai Yakovle­vich Ilyin: 494 killed.

In 2001, a film was made in Hol­ly­wood: “The Ene­my at the Gates” about the famous Russ­ian sniper Vasi­ly Zait­sev. The film depicts the events of the Bat­tle of Stal­in­grad in 1942–1943. A film about Niko­lai Yakovle­vich Ilyin has not been made, but his con­tri­bu­tion to Sovi­et mil­i­tary his­to­ry was just as impor­tant. Hav­ing killed 494 ene­my sol­diers (some­times list­ed as 497), Ilyin was a dead­ly shoot­er for the ene­my.

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2. Ivan Mikhailovich Sidorenko: approx­i­mate­ly 500 killed

Ivan Mikhailovich Sidorenko, was draft­ed in 1939 at the begin­ning of World War II. Dur­ing the 1941 Bat­tle of Moscow, he learned to snipe and became known as a gun­man with a dead­ly aim. One of his most famous exploits is that he destroyed a tank and three oth­er vehi­cles using incen­di­ary ammu­ni­tion. How­ev­er, after his injury in Esto­nia, his role in the fol­low­ing years was pri­mar­i­ly teach­ing. In 1944 Sidorenko was award­ed the pres­ti­gious title of Hero of the Sovi­et Union.

1. Simo Hay­ha: 542 Killed (prob­a­bly 705)

Simo Hay­ha, a Finn, is the only non-Sovi­et sol­dier on this list. Nick­named “White Death” by the troops of the Red Army because of the cam­ou­flage dis­guised as snow. Accord­ing to sta­tis­tics, Hay­ha is the blood­i­est sniper in his­to­ry. Before tak­ing part in the war, he was a farmer. Incred­i­bly, in weapons, he pre­ferred an iron sight to an opti­cal one.