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 81,098 page views. His biography is available in 47 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 45 in 2019). Vasily Zaitsev is the 46th most popular military personnel (down from 44th in 2019), the 58th most popular biography from Russia (up from 59th in 2019) and the 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 46 out of 1,466Before him are Marcus Vipsanius Agrippa, Arminius, Manfred von Richthofen, Ernst Röhm, Alfred Jodl, and Gerd von Rundstedt. After him are Germanicus, Belisarius, Robert Baden-Powell, 1st Baron Baden-Powell, Miltiades, Erich Ludendorff, and Lü Bu.

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Among people born in 1915, Vasily Zaitsev ranks 8Before him are Augusto Pinochet, Frank Sinatra, Anthony Quinn, Ingrid Bergman, David Rockefeller, and Roland Barthes. After him are Moshe Dayan, Orson Welles, Arthur Miller, Eli Wallach, Paul Samuelson, and Yitzhak Shamir. Among people deceased in 1991, Vasily Zaitsev ranks 2Before him is Freddie Mercury. After him are Isaac Bashevis Singer, Dr. Seuss, Olav V of Norway, Serge Gainsbourg, Miles Davis, Yves Montand, Klaus Kinski, Klaus Barbie, Jiang Qing, and Graham Greene.

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Among people born in Russia, Vasily Zaitsev ranks 58 out of 2,688Before him are Lev Yashin (1929), Grand Duchess Olga Nikolaevna of Russia (1895), Georg Cantor (1845), Rurik (830), Alexander Borodin (1833), and Alexander Nevsky (1220). After him are Mikhail Kalashnikov (1919), Vladimir the Great (958), Gustav Kirchhoff (1824), Boris Godunov (1552), Konstantin Stanislavski (1863), and Feodor I of Russia (1557).


Among military personnels born in Russia, Vasily Zaitsev ranks 1After him are Mikhail Kutuzov (1745), Ivan Konev (1897), Stanislav Petrov (1939), Mikhail Tukhachevsky (1893), Alexander Suvorov (1730), Vasily Chuikov (1900), Aleksandr Vasilevsky (1895), Semyon Budyonny (1883), Johannes Blaskowitz (1883), Andrey Vlasov (1901), and Felix Steiner (1896).