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.
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.”
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.
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.