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Vasily Zaitsev

1915 - 1991

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Vasily Grigoryevich Zaitsev (Russian: Васи́лий Григо́рьевич За́йцев, IPA: [vɐˈsʲilʲɪj ɡrʲɪˈɡorʲjɪvʲɪdʑ ˈzajtsɨf]; 23 March 1915 – 15 December 1991) was a Soviet sniper during World War II. Between 22 September 1942 and 19 October 1942, he killed 40 enemy soldiers. Between 10 October 1942 and 17 December 1942, during the Battle of Stalingrad, he killed 225 enemy soldiers.Zaitsev 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 book Enemy at the Gates: The Battle for Stalingrad, served as the story for the 2001 film Enemy at the Gates, with Jude Law portraying Zaitsev. He is also featured in David L. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Vasily Zaitsev has received more than 89,412 page views. His biography is available in 48 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 47 in 2019). Vasily Zaitsev is the 47th most popular military personnel (down from 46th in 2019), the 61st most popular biography from Russia (down from 58th in 2019) and the 2nd most popular Russian Military Personnel.

Vasily Zaitsev is most famous for his role in the Battle of Stalingrad. He was a Soviet sniper who used his skills to kill over 225 German soldiers.

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Among military personnels, Vasily Zaitsev ranks 47 out of 1,468Before him are Prince Eugene of Savoy, Stanislav Petrov, Manfred von Richthofen, Flavius Aetius, Gerd von Rundstedt, and Alfred Dreyfus. After him are Isoroku Yamamoto, Miltiades, T. E. Lawrence, Alfred Jodl, Belisarius, and Otto Skorzeny.

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Among people born in 1915, Vasily Zaitsev ranks 7Before him are Édith Piaf, Augusto Pinochet, Frank Sinatra, Anthony Quinn, Ingrid Bergman, and Roland Barthes. After him are Moshe Dayan, David Rockefeller, Orson Welles, Paul Samuelson, Eli Wallach, and Billie Holiday. Among people deceased in 1991, Vasily Zaitsev ranks 3Before him are Freddie Mercury and Dr. Seuss. After him are Olav V of Norway, Isaac Bashevis Singer, Serge Gainsbourg, Miles Davis, Edwin McMillan, Yves Montand, Klaus Kinski, Jiang Qing, and Klaus Barbie.

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Among people born in Russia, Vasily Zaitsev ranks 61 out of 3,262Before him are Gustav Kirchhoff (1824), Andrei Tarkovsky (1932), Rurik (830), Stanislav Petrov (1939), Georg Cantor (1845), and Feodor I of Russia (1557). After him are Alexei Nikolaevich, Tsarevich of Russia (1904), Ivan Turgenev (1818), Peter II of Russia (1715), Anna of Russia (1693), Dmitry Medvedev (1965), and Georgy Malenkov (1902).


Among military personnels born in Russia, Vasily Zaitsev ranks 2Before him are Stanislav Petrov (1939). After him are Mikhail Kutuzov (1745), Ivan Konev (1897), Mikhail Tukhachevsky (1893), Alexander Suvorov (1730), Konstantin Rokossovsky (1896), Vasily Chuikov (1900), Aleksandr Vasilevsky (1895), Semyon Budyonny (1883), Andrey Vlasov (1901), and Johannes Blaskowitz (1883).