The White Death. The most bad ass sniper to ever some out of Finland.
The White Death – Simo Häyhä was a farmer and hunter before joining the military service in 1925, age 20. He succeeded with his sniping skills in shooting sports in Viipuri province. and his home was reportedly full of trophies for marksmanship
His nickname was earned during The Winter War between the Soviet Union and Finland in 1939–1940 because this guy was a bad ass.
For about 100 days during the Battle of Kollaa he went out to defend his country and was credited with 505 confirmed kills of Soviet soldiers.
He managed to kill 5 men a day in temperatures between −40 °C and −20 °C , dressed completely in white camouflage and carrying his Russian-made Mosin-Nagant M/28 sniper rifle with iron sights.
With over 500 kills to his name, his story has even inspired an amazing song by Sabaton.
Häyhä’s fearful reputation preceded him, and the advancing Soviets tried several strategies specifically designed to dispose of this deadly lone menace. Teams of counter-snipers and artillery units were deployed with the sole purpose of eliminating The White Death, but the snow-covered forests of Finland were his hunting grounds, not theirs.
Eventually he was shot in the face on March 6th but and was picked up by fellow soldiers who said “half his cheek was missing”. He did not die, however, and regained consciousness on March 13, the same day the war ended.
I guess the soviets heard he made a recovery and decided to cut their losses.
Despite his injuries he lived until the age of 96. When asked what the key to his success was, his short answer was, “Practice… and clear days.”