By Tapio Saarelainen

Simo Häyhä (1905 – 2002) is the main well-known sniper on the earth. throughout the wintry weather battle fought among Russia and Finland in 1939 – 1940 he had 542 proven kills with iron points of interest, a list that also stands this day. He has been a job version for snipers world wide and lead the way for them by way of demonstrating their importance at the battlefield.

Simo Häyhä used to be a guy of motion who spoke little or no, yet he was once highly revered by way of his males and his superiors and given many tough missions, together with eliminating particular goals. capable of movement silently and speedily in the course of the panorama, melting into the snowbound atmosphere in his white camouflage fatigues, his objective used to be lethal and his quarry not often escaped. The Russians discovered of his popularity as a marksman and attempted a number of occasions to kill him by way of oblique fireplace. He used to be promoted from corporal to moment lieutenant and he used to be presented the pass of Kollaa. For sniping Simo Häyhä merely ever used his personal m/28-30 rifle. ultimately his good fortune ran out and Simo acquired a major head wound on March 6 1940, even though he for that reason recovered.

After the struggle Simo Häyhä lead a quiet, unassuming existence in farming and forestry. His roots have been deep within the Finnish soil and he enjoyed lifestyles in rural Finland. a real patriot, he epitomized the qualities of a pro soldier, acting his responsibility and atmosphere an instance of bravery that personified the Finnish spirit whilst faced by way of the Russian onslaught.

The White Sniper totally explores Simo Häyhä’s lifestyles, his exploits within the iciness battle, the secrets and techniques at the back of his luck together with personality and approach, and likewise incorporates a unique examine his rifle itself. There are appendices at the fundamentals of taking pictures, the effect of fireside at the battlefield, battles at the Kollaa entrance throughout the wintry weather battle and an inventory of ranked snipers of the area.

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Simo sitting calmly and staring at the camera in the middle of the bottom row. Simo was a master with weapons and shooting. He joined the Civil Guard at the age of 17. He gained success in various types of shooting. He proved to be an expert with a new Suomi sub-machine gun and he also knew how to work the Lahti light machine gun, skills which proved to be useful in the Winter War. Simo Häyhä was fortunate to be educated in the art of shooting by older, more experienced members of the Civil Guard.

Saarelainen has also trained for international deployment missions in Scandinavia and has served in international (UN) peacekeeping operations in Kosovo as a liaison officer for the Multinational Brigade Center in the city of Pristina. While there, he started writing this book, affected by what he had seen and how he felt. As an active participant with various expert sniper groups since 1991, Saarelainen is the co-author of the 2002–2003 Finnish Army Snipers’ Manual and a regular contributing author for Kaliberi magazine, a leading magazine for weapon enthusiasts in Finland.

We estimated that although I had destroyed the forward observer and the seven-man team around it, there would be a replacement. And so it happened. Well, we repeated our performance and the new spotting scope was destroyed as well, although this one was a mono-scope instead the stereo-scope that we had destroyed the day before. War booty Serving as a sniper was not Simo’s only duty. He also participated in a number of well-executed Finnish counterattacks, which were typical on the Kollaa Front, made necessary by Russian penetrations.

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