Simo Hayha: The World's Deadliest Sniper

By | May 25, 2016

Simo "Simuna" Häyhä, nicknamed "White Death" by the Red Army, was a Finnish marksman. Using a Finnish M/28-30 rifle in the Winter War, he is reported as having killed 505 men, the highest recorded number of confirmed sniper kills in any major war.

He was an unlikely war hero who employed patience, cunning and precision to defend his country, his home, his people and his freedom from communist totalitarian oppression.


Häyhä, he was awarded five medals after the war, wrote a book about his service, and was occasionally invited to appear at events honoring military service. Described as quiet and congenial, when asked the secret of how he accumulated 505 confirmed sniper kills, he would smile and reply, “Practice.” Simo “The White Death” Häyhä died of natural causes in 2002 aged 96.

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