Who was the best sniper in World War 2?
This question always draws an argument when asked. Bodycount?
on the battlefield? Most strategic shot? Longest shot? Many
into the equation.
- The Soviets probably had the finest snipers in WW2, as a group.
Vasilli Zaitsev with 224 kills at Stalingrad alone and more than
400 kills in all (some say more than 500) is surely ranked in the
top tier. Ludmilla Pavlichenko ranks as the best woman sniper with
- Simo Hayha of Finland is credited with more than 500 kills (by
sniper, 200 more with an SMG) during only 100 days, in the Winter
- Billy Singh of the Australian Light Horse would be the top WW1
- Carlos Hathcock, USMC during Vietnam, is legendary for (among
other things) setting a world record (longest range confirmed kill,
stood for 40 years), shooting and killing an enemy sniper through
the scope and crawling through 1000 yards of heavily defended enemy
territory to eliminate a Viet Cong general on one of his first
Actually, the greatest sniper of WW1 is Francis "Peggy"
Pegahmagabow, a Canadian sniper who earned 378 confirmed kills.