Using a weapon is no joke. It takes skill, strategy, and timing to be the best and use the weapon in times of need. This is why war veterans are given proper training so they can efficiently make use of these guns.
Of course, times have changed now and such wars don’t take place any more. Today, we look into the life of a man who was known as the “White Death.”
He was also the most dangerous and strategic sniper the world has ever seen. Let’s look at the story of Simo Häyhä.
The Beginning Of Simo Häyhä
It was during WWII in 1939 that the story of Simo Häyhä began. At that time, Joseph Stalin sent an army of his best men to capture Finland through the western border of Russia.
This was a risky move and it ended up costing the lives of thousands of men. These two regions fought in this war for more than 3 months.
However, in the end, it was Finland that earned victory. This was something that did not sit right with Russia.
It was a major blow to them because Stalin thought Finland would be easy to acquire. This is because the numbers told him this.
Russian army consisted of more than 700,000 men and Finland’s army was not even half of that.
It only consisted of 300,000 men. Apart from fewer men, they also had fewer tanks and aircraft.
So, of course, even a dictator would think that these numbers are easy to crush.
He couldn’t be more wrong as he forgot to take into account the amazing Simo Häyhä who was on Finland’s side.
How Simo Häyhä Gradually Became The Deadliest Sniper
He was born on 17th December 1905 in the old Finnish region of Karelia. This region now comes under the territory of Russia.
He grew up to be a farmer who occasionally indulged in hobbies such as shooting, hunting, and snow skiing.
He was part of the Winter War and he served ninety-eight days even though the war itself lasted for more than a hundred days.
This is because during the last week of the war he was injured and had to be hospitalized. However, during those ninety-eight days, he rained hell on the enemy.
Even during those days, he was not seen and not heard by anyone. Although, he was killing Russian soldiers by the minute with extreme accuracy.
Some even say that he went on to kill more than twenty-five people in one day.