Imagine it’s 1942 and you are a normal German soldier, walking down the road calmly. You are with your buddies and you are happy that things are going fine. You remember your parents back home and the girl you love, back home. You are just cracking some jokes and having fun. You pass a tree of flowers which looks beautiful and untouched by the bloody war.
You stop for a cigarette, with your buddies. You feel little relaxed as you have had very bad days yet you survived. You want to go back home and you think, I will be there soon.
Silent, serene and you enjoy a puff.
You’re shot and you are dead. The tree(the beautiful, untouched by war) you just passed had a sniper. He had the scope on your head and ready to take the shot.
Snipers, were a deadly force of world war II. Russian snipers were scarier than any other snipers in the war.
Around 4,30,000 individuals received sniper training in the war, the Russians were the best in the world.
The list of top 10 snipers include all but one Russian soldier.
Stepan Vasilievich Petrenko: 422 kills
Vasilij Ivanovich Golosov: 422 kills
Fyodor Trofimovich Dyachenko: 425 kills
Fyodor Matveyevich Okhlopkov: 429 kills
Mikhail Ivanovich Budenkov: 437 kills
Vladimir Nikolaevich Pchelintsev: 456 kills
Ivan Nikolayevich Kulbertinov: 489 kills
Nikolay Yakovlevich Ilyin: 494 kills
Ivan Mihailovich Sidorenko: around 500 kills
In all, it becomes 4000 soldiers belonging to Germany and Italy. There were also women snipers which terrorized every soldier during the time.
Credits- An amazing answer on quora by James MacKinnon.