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Simo Hayha, born in Finland, served his one mandatory year in the military and became a farmer until The Soviet Union invaded his homeland in 1939. Left without a choice, he decided to pick up a rifle and defend his homeland. The man took to the forest, hiding in the treetops and awaiting the Russians. Armed with only a few cans of food and a good tree, he’d found himself a nice hide site. Day in and day out, he picked off Russians, one by one, in weather ranging anywhere from 20-40 degrees below zero.
The Russians sent out several SKT’s or small kill teams tasked with ending his life.
Hayha killed every SKT they sent so they were forced to transition into counter sniper units. Obviously this resulted in a less than favorable outcome for the Russians. In the span of only 3 months, armed with only his sightless rifle, he had earned himself over 500 confirmed Soviet kills, less the unconfirmed 150 kills he earned with a sub-machine gun.
On March 6th, 1940, Hayha finally met his match. Some lucky bastard shot him in the face. However, that wouldn’t be the end of our skilled sniper friend. Simo regained consciousness on Mar 13. It took several years for Hayha to recuperate from his wound. Afterall, the bullet crushed his jaw and blew off his left cheek. Regardless of what you might think, he made a full recovery and has since become a very successful moose hunter and dog breeder.
I think it goes without saying, this is probably one of the most badass guys you’ve ever had the opportunity to read about .When asked if he regretted killing so many people, he said,
“I only did my duty, and what I was told to do, as well as I could.”
Simo Häyhä spent his later years in Ruokolahti, a small municipality located in southeastern Finland, near the Russian border. Simo Hayha died in a war veterans’ nursing home in Hamina in 2002 at the age of 96. May god have mercy on his soul and he rest in peace.
Simo Hayha’s confirmed final score is believed to be 505, which is over five kills a day average, Though over the years there has been some argument, the figure of 542 gaining acceptance.