Vasily Zaitsev

1915 - 1991

Vasily Zaitsev

Vasily Grigoryevich Zaytsev (Russian: Васи́лий Григо́рьевич За́йцев, IPA: [vɐˈsʲilʲɪj ɡrʲɪˈɡorʲjɪvʲɪtɕ ˈzajtsɨf]; 23 March 1915 – 15 December 1991) was a Soviet sniper during World War II. Prior to 10 November 1942, he killed 32 Axis soldiers with a standard-issue rifle. Between 10 November 1942 and 17 December 1942, during the Battle of Stalingrad, he killed 225 enemy soldiers, including 11 snipers.Zaytsev became a celebrated figure during the war and later a Hero of the Soviet Union, and he remains lauded for his skills as a sniper. His life and military career have been the subject of several books and films: his exploits, as detailed in William Craig's 1973 Enemy at the Gates: The Battle for Stalingrad, would serve as the lead figure for the 2001 film Enemy at the Gates, with Jude Law portraying Zaytsev. He is also featured in David L. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Vasily Zaitsev has received more than 67,113 page views. His biography is available in 45 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 44th most popular military personnel.

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Among military personnels, Vasily Zaitsev ranks 44 out of 1,194Before him are Alfred Jodl, Arminius, Tariq ibn Ziyad, Karl Dönitz, Gerd von Rundstedt, and Marcus Vipsanius Agrippa. After him are Belisarius, Isoroku Yamamoto, Germanicus, Erich Ludendorff, T. E. Lawrence, and Albrecht von Wallenstein.

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Among people born in 1915, Vasily Zaitsev ranks 7Before him are Édith Piaf, Augusto Pinochet, Frank Sinatra, Ingrid Bergman, Anthony Quinn, and Roland Barthes. After him are Moshe Dayan, David Rockefeller, Orson Welles, Arthur Miller, Yitzhak Shamir, and Eli Wallach. Among people deceased in 1991, Vasily Zaitsev ranks 3Before him are Freddie Mercury and Dr. Seuss. After him are Olav V of Norway, Miles Davis, Edwin McMillan, Serge Gainsbourg, Carl David Anderson, Yves Montand, Graham Greene, Isaac Bashevis Singer, and John Bardeen.

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Among people born in Russia, Vasily Zaitsev ranks 59 out of 2,050Before him are Georg Cantor (1845), Gustav Kirchhoff (1824), Alexander Borodin (1833), Andrei Tarkovsky (1932), Peter Kropotkin (1842), and Frederick I of Prussia (1657). After him are Konstantin Stanislavski (1863), Anna Pavlova (1881), Rudolf Nureyev (1938), Boris Godunov (1552), Peter Carl Fabergé (1846), and Andrei Sakharov (1921).


Among military personnels born in Russia, Vasily Zaitsev ranks 1After him are Mikhail Kutuzov (1745), Stanislav Petrov (1939), Albert Kesselring (1885), Alexander Suvorov (1730), Ivan Konev (1897), Mikhail Tukhachevsky (1893), Vasily Chuikov (1900), Aleksandr Vasilevsky (1895), Pyotr Bagration (1765), Semyon Budyonny (1883), and Felix Steiner (1896).

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