Simo Häyhä: The Finnish Sniper Who Defied the Soviet Union

TLDR Simo Häyhä, a Finnish soldier, became a legendary sniper during the Winter War against the Soviet Union, achieving a high number of kills despite extreme conditions and using his sniper rifle and machine gun. Despite facing disfigurement and scorn from his own countrymen, Häyhä kept his war experiences private until 2001.

Timestamped Summary

00:00 The Soviet Union invaded Finland in 1939 as part of a secret agreement with Nazi Germany, but despite their advantage, they were unable to advance far due to the actions of Simo Hauha.
01:50 Despite the Soviet Union's numerical advantage and superior firepower, they were unable to make significant progress against the Finnish resistance due to factors such as the purging of the Soviet officer corps and the poor training and motivation of Soviet soldiers.
03:16 This section introduces Simo Häyhä, a Finnish soldier who became a renowned sniper during the Winter War.
04:42 Simo Häyhä, a Finnish sniper, was able to achieve a high number of kills during the Winter War, despite the extreme cold and limited daylight hours, by using his sniper rifle.
06:06 Simo Häyhä achieved a high number of kills during the Winter War, with the Finnish Army confirming 259 sniper kills, but his own estimate puts the number at 505, and he may have killed even more with his machine gun.
07:44 Simo Häyhä's technique as a sniper during the Winter War involved concealing himself in the snow, sitting in one place for the entire day, and even putting snow in his mouth to prevent his breath from being seen, earning him the nickname "the White Death."
09:06 Simo Häyhä recovered from his injuries, but suffered from disfigurement and faced scorn and death threats from many Finns, leading him to keep his war experiences private until 2001, when he finally opened up about his experiences before passing away the following year.
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