Simo Hayha the Finnish sniper

By Jakob Eichstadt

This is Simo Haya

Simo was born on December 17th 1905 in the municipality of Rautjärvi near the present-day border of Finland and Russia. Before entering combat, Häyhä was a farmer and hunter.

He started his military service in 1925 at the age of 20. He died on April first in 2002 at the age of 96.He was nicknamed "white Death" by the red army during his deployment. While the was deployed he was struck in the face by an explosive bullet from a Russian counter sniper.

Simo's service

He was a Finnish sniper who killed 505 men, the highest recorded number of confirmed sniper kills in any major war. All of Häyhä's kills were accomplished in fewer than 100 days – an average of just over five kills per day – at a time of year with very few daylight hours. He began as a corporal and shortly afterwords he was promoted to Second lieutenant.

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