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Vasily Zaitsev in Stalingrad, October 1942. "Enemy at the Gates"

VASSILI ZAITSEV: IN LOVE AND WAR (Best Snipers Series Book 7)

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The story of Vassili Zaitsev has long been believed to be a historical fact. However, there has not been any documented proof that the legendary sniper duel between Zaitsev and Konig ever took place. As a matter of fact, Beevor's account mentions Koning and other accounts mention a Thorwald. I am inclined to believe that the Soviet Command invented this story to inspire the beleaguered troops of Stalingrad in their darkest hours of fighting the German onslaught. As a matter of fact, I had an occasion to interview an elderly Russian gentleman who claimed to have trained under Zaitsev in Stalingrad. When I asked about the duel, he replied something to the effect of, "Its true if that is want you want to believe". I don't doubt that many duels occurred between the snipers of both sides. However, to believe that the German High Command went to the trouble to commit the chief instructor of their sniper school to finding and killing one Soviet sniper is a lot to accept. That being said the story goes like this.....

Vassili Zaitsev in Stalingrad 1942 who made 242 kills in the battle,Though there were snipers better than Zaitsev,veterans have said Zaitsev ...

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Vassili Zaitsev in Stalingrad 1942 who made 242 kills in the battle,Though there were snipers better than Zaitsev,veterans have said Zaitsev ...