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Born: 23 March 1915  Died: 15 December 1991

Born: March 23, 1915
Died: December 15, 1991

Vasily Grigoryevich Zaytsev was a Russian soldier who served in the Red Army during World War II and gained fame during the battle of Stalingrad. Orignally Zaytsev was assigned to the Russian Navy and sent to Vladivostok, however when Germany invaded Russia he volunteered to be sent to the frontline (Prominent Russians).   He is credit with having 252 confirmed kills and developed tactics that would be used by Russian forces as recently as the Chechen conflict (“Vasily Zaytsev.”).

Although not well known outside of Russia Vasily led a prominent role during WWII and headed a sniper school creating the infamous “zaichata”; his students who were credited with over 6,000 kills during the war (Prominent Russians).

For all of his sacrifice and effort Vasily was honored with the Order of Lenin, similar to our Medal of Honor; it was a very revered medal given to a select few (Prominent Russians).

There is a movie adaptation of his story as portrayed by Jude Law in “Enemy at the Gates”.

Although somewhat dramatized for the purposes of making a movie some of the events portrayed are true including the germans sending snipers of their own to kill him and his fame in Soviet propaganda (Prominent Russians).

Sources: 

“Vasily Zaytsev.” 2013. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vasily_Zaytsev&gt;.

“Prominent Russians: Vasily Zaitsev.” russiapedia. N.p., n. d. Web. 25 Nov. 2013. <http://russiapedia.rt.com/prominent-russians/military/vasily-zaitsev/&gt;.

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