Born In: Yeleninka, Russia
Vasily Zaytsev was a Russian sniper who served during the World War II. He is considered a Hero of the Soviet Union as he is believed to have killed 225 enemy soldiers during the Battle of Stalingrad. Born in Yeleninskoye, Russia, to a peasant family, Zaytsev learned marksmanship from an early age by shooting wild animals. At the age of twelve, he managed to shoot a wolf dead with a single bullet from a single-barreled Berdan rifle. Over the next few years, his shooting skills improved, making him a sharpshooter. He was recruited into the Red Army at the age of twenty-two. For his service during the World War II, he received several awards and honors, such as ‘Hero of the Soviet Union’, ‘Medal for Courage’, and ‘Medal for the Defense of Stalingrad’. The war film ‘Enemy at the Gates’ was based on Vasily Zaytsev’s career; his character was portrayed by Jude Law.
Also Known As: Vasily Grigoryevich Zaytsev, Vasily Grigoryevich Zaitsev
Died At Age: 76
Spouse/Ex-: Zinaida Zaitseva (m. ?–1991)
father: Grigory Zaytsev
Born Country: Russia
place of death: Kyiv, Ukraine
After the war, Zaytsev worked as an engineer at a textile plant, eventually becoming its director. He passed away on 15 December 1991, and was buried in Kyiv. As his final request was to be buried in Stalingrad, he was reburied later with full military honors at Mamayev Kurgan in Volgograd, a monument which honors the heroes of the battle.
He was married to a lady named Zinaida Sergeevna Zaitseva. He died on 15th December 1991, in Kyiv, Ukraine.
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