Red Army snipers wearing the forest camouflage wrap-around that was issued in early 1943. Original caption refers simply to "Soviet snipers." Undated. Note the Moshin-Nagant rifles with the modified PEM scope.To this day, the M-N remains the most widely produced and longest serving sniper rifle in the world, and remained the Soviet Union's main sniper rifle until it was superseded in 1962 by the semi-automatic SVD Dragunov rifle.
Simo Hayha, "The White Death" is considered to be the most effective sniper in Human History. He served in the Finnish Civil Guard during the Winter War with the Soviet Union in 1939-1940. Over the course of 100 days on the Kollaa Front, Hayha killed 705 Soviet Soldiers, including 542 with his bolt-action M28-30 Mosin Nagant carbine. He also refused to use a scope, making all of his kills with traditional iron sights.
The Totenkopf division was one of the "Germanic" divisions of the Waffen-SS. These included 1st SS Panzer Division Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler, 2nd SS Panzer Division Das Reich, and 5th SS Panzer Division Wiking.
The Mosin Nagant also saw service in Estonia after WW2 as a part of the Soviet Union. In the photo are Soviet (Estonian) soldiers in training. Notice the second rifle which has a bent bolt of some sort but does not appear to be a sniper rifle.
Two Red Army soldiers rest keeping their Mosin Nagant rifles handy, while a third is cleaning the bolt of his own weapon. The Mosin Nagant is still in circulation, with many WW2 specimens shooting straight and accurate even after more than 80-90 years in existence.
Sniper Maria Kuvshinova smiles at the photographer while clasping her Mosin Nagant sniper rifle. With several dozens confirmed kills of enemy soldiers and officers, Kuvshinova earned the Order of Glory of the USSR, third class. May 1944.
A dangerous woman in the most literal sense Senior Sergeant Roza Shanina was a sniper in the WWII Soviet Army. She racked up at least 54 kills of German soldiers before her death from wounds at age 20. She served part of the time in an all-woman sniper unit. Before the war she worked as a kindergarten teacher.