(23. 3. 1915 - 15. 12. 1991)
W aytsev sniper Vasily 1047-Rifle Regiment (284 th Infantry Division, 62 Army, Stalingrad Front) Lieutenant. Born March 23, 1915 in the village now Elino Agapovka area of the Chelyabinsk region in a peasant family. Russian. Member of the CPSU since 1943. Graduated from constructs, school in Magnitogorsk. Since 1936 in the Navy. He graduated from the Military-economic school. The war caught Zaitseva as chief financial offices in the Pacific Fleet, the Bay of Transfiguration.
In the battles of World War II from September 1942. Sniper rifle received from the hands of the commander of its 1047-th regiment Meteleva month later with the Medal of Valor Б• Б•L. By the time a simple trehlineyki Б• Б•L Zaitsev killed 32 Nazis. In the period from 10 November to 17 December 1942 in the battle of Stalingrad killed 225 soldiers and officers pr-ca, including 11 snipers (among whom was Heinz Horvald). Directly at the forefront of trained fighters in the sniper case komandnrov, prepared 28 sniper. In January 1943, Zaitsev was seriously wounded. Vision he rescued, Professor Filatov in the Moscow hospital.
. W tion of Hero of the Soviet Union with the award of the Order of Lenin and the Gold Star medal Б• Б•L Vasily Zaitsev was awarded on Feb. 22, 1943.
. P oluchiv in the Kremlin Star of the Hero of the Soviet Union, Zaitsev returned to the front
. He graduated from the war on the Dniester in the rank of captain. In the war Zaitsev wrote two textbooks for snipers, as well as invented is still used reception sniper hunt sixes Б• Б•L - when the same area fighting the fire, three pairs of overlapping sniper (marksman and observer).
. After the war, demobilized
. Worked as director of the Kiev Engineering Plant. Died Dec. 15, 1991.
He was awarded the Order of Lenin, 2 orders of the Red Banner, Order of the Patriotic War of 1 degree, medals. His name is ship plying the Dnieper.
On the famous duel, Zaitsev and Horvalda filmed two movies. "Angels of Death" 1992. directed by Yu.N.. Ozerov, in the main role of a Fyodor Bondarchuk. And "Enemy at the Gates" 2001. directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud, the role of a Zaitseva - Jude Law.
Beyond the Volga lands for us was. M., 1981, etc.
Sources: 1) The Great Patriotic War 1941-1945: Entsik.-M.: Sov.entsiklopediya, 1985.
2) Heroes of the Soviet Union: A Brief Biographical Dictionary
. V.1. M.: Voeniz.1987.
3) SamsonovA.M. Stalingrad Battle. M. Science 1968