During the Winter War, many Soviets were killed by the Finnish army in the years 1939 to 1940. Simo Häyhä, Finnish sniper who was also known as the “White Death” was responsible for most of those kills as he managed to kill over 700 enemies during his service in the war.
In extreme temperatures between −40 and −20 degrees Celsius, Häyhä camouflaged himself in white and stayed hidden under the snow to snipe down enemies of the Red Army, one by one. At an average of 5 kills per day, he managed get hold of 505 confirmed kills in less than 100 days using a White Guard M/28 “Pystykorva” rifle. He was also accounted for 200 more kills, which he used a SMG to kill.
During his service, he had to face many threats from the Soviets like counter-snipers and artillery strikes. Häyhä managed to escape all those attacks but one attack. In that attack a Russian soldier shot him in the lower left jaw. Luckily he survived. But he was left with a deformed face because of the injury on his jaw. After the World War II, he spent most of his time as a moose hunter and a dog breeder. Simo Häyhä died at war veteran hospital in Hamina, Finland April 1st, 2002.
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