Simo Häyhä was born on December 17th 1917 in the farming town of Rautajärvi near the Soviet border. Despite humble beginnings this man would accumulate the highest recorded number of confirmed sniper kills in history; 505 using a modified Mosin Nagant M28 rifle with open sights and is also credited with at least 200 more kills using the Suomi 9mm submachine gun. All of these kills occurred within 100 days during the Winter War of 1939.
Häyhä endured a tough life on his farm. His experience of the extreme cold of winter and his love of shooting would equip him well for his future career in the Finnish Army. In 1925 he signed up for a one year…
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