first published on September 11, 2015 by Funker
Simo Häyhä, a Finnish Marskman nicknamed “White Death,” used a Finnish variant of the Mosin Nagant rifle to kill over 500 Soviet troops during the Winter War of 1939. He killed them all in less than 100 days using a rifle without any kind of magnified optic.
Häyhä reportedly preferred a non-scoped rifle because it lowered his visible profile, didn’t fog or ice up, and he wouldn’t have to worry about his lens reflecting light, giving away his position.
Häyhä was shot in the face at one point, blowing off part of his cheek and lower jaw. He survived and was later promoted to Ensign.