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This picture depicts a Soviet Sniper during WW2 on the Eastern Front.
Snipers in ww2, as I have said many times before, had a very critical role.
The Soviets especially valued snipers, and generated many famous figures that took up the role during the war.
Perhaps one of the most famous is Vasily Grigoryevich Zaytsev of the USSR.
Vasily was born on March 23rd of 1915, in Yeleninskoye, which was in the Russian Empire.
He had a very impresssive career, killing 32 axis troops before the Battle of Stalingrad, and 225 during the deadly battle.
His kills during the Battle of Stalingrad included 11 enemy snipers, which proved his skill on the battlefield.
Originally a petty officer in the Navy from 1937-1941, he, like many others in the Soviet Military, decided to be transferred to the front line to fight the onslaught being brought to them by the German Wehrmacht. He was eventually assigned to the 1047th Rifle Regiment of the 284th "Tomsk" Rifle Division, which became part of the 62nd Army at Stalingrad on 17 September 1942.
Vasily is known for his expertise in terms of concealment. He would hide in the high grounds, under the vast expanses of rubble created, and even in water pipes. As many deadly snipers did, he would switch his position after a few kills so that it would be harder to locate and kill him, and also utilized a tactic that made the role of snipers even more crucial. In his strategy, Vasily would cover a large area from 3 positions, each containing a sniper and a spotter to assist them. This is more formally known as "Sixes" and is still used today.
Vasily was wounded by a mortar blast in January when the Battle of Stalingrad was nearing its end. The 6th Army had been encircled, but they still fought on, and Zaytsev was almost blinded by the wound. He would come back to fight in the Battle of the Seelow Heights in 1945, and obtain the rank of Captain.
Zaytsev was not the only successful sniper of ww2, as Simo Häyhä of Finland obtained the record 505 confirmed sniper kills, and many other German and Soviet snipers were also deserving of praise.
Every role in the army has its purpose.