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May 5, 2014

The "White Death."


Upon news of the hostilities,
he gathered up food, plain white camouflage, and his iron-sighted SAKO M/28-30--a variant of the Soviet Mosin-Nagant rifle--and went to defend his country. .... 21 December 1939 was Häyhä's personal record for a single day with 25 confirmed Russian kills. Around this time, Häyhä surpassed 500 confirmed kills between the rifle and SMG. When the Russians finally figured out there was just one guy with a rifle killing dozens of their men, they started referring to him as "The White Death."
White Death • Damn Interesting

Posted by gerardvanderleun at May 5, 2014 7:45 PM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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This quiet, unassuming man became a dog breeder and trainer after the war. He was a giant, who measured about five feet tall.

He had over 500 confirmed sniper kills. He was in the Winter War for about three months, during which there were about 5 hours of daylight a day. That works out to about one kill per hour of daylight, on average.

He is also credited with several hundred other kills, with submachine gun fire, but those do not count towards his total as a sniper.

There are many videos about him and of him on YouTube.

Posted by: Punditarian at May 6, 2014 4:45 AM

Simo Häyhä was a Patriot. He was a man who knew what he was about. We have had and still do have men of his caliber and this is the reason the politicians want guns confiscated.

The criminals in the big houses in DC are very worried. They know the American people are on to their game. We are now being called Domestic Terrorists by the leaders of the DC gangs.

When the American people realize that a few pennies tax on tea is enough to start a revolution when will they realize being forced into slavery is a greater threat?

Posted by: Terry at May 6, 2014 7:22 AM

A story says that there were two Finnish soldiers during the Winter War. One of them says, "Gosh, there are so many Russians!" The other one says, "Yes, I know what you mean. I don't know where we are going to bury them all."

That kind of captures the Finnish spirit.

Posted by: Grizzly at May 6, 2014 4:18 PM

That reminds me of a story told about a Swiss militiaman, sometime late in the XIXth century. A German general visiting the annual shooting competition (still a very big national sport in Switzerland) allowed that the Swiss were very good shots, but asked the militiaman what the Swiss would do in the event they were attacked by an army twice the size of the militia. The Swiss appeared a bit perplexed, seemed to think it over, and then replied: "Shoot twice . . . then go home."

Posted by: Punditarian at May 6, 2014 6:19 PM

The experiment shows that we miss a lot of what goes on around us

Posted by: toms outlet at May 13, 2014 8:43 AM

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