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11 Insane Facts About Simo Hayha, The Deadliest Sniper In World History

In the winter of 1939, while much of the world was involved in WWII, Finnish sniper Simo Hayha was fighting the Winter War. This lesser-known conflict occurred when the Soviet Union successfully invaded Finland after entering a non-aggression pact with Nazi Germany. However, the Finnish soldiers of the Winter War did not go quietly into the night in the face of overwhelming Soviet numbers. While they ultimately lost the war, the Finns had ferocious soldiers who fought tooth and nail for their country.

One of the most famous snipers in history emerged during the battles of the Winter War. Simo Hayha mercilessly exacted a heavy toll against all Soviet forces he caught in his crosshairs. In fact, if his alleged kill count - 505 - is proven, it would be the most sniper kills in any major war. Read on to discover fascinating facts, stories, and feats of the one of the most effective sniper of all time.