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produced and longest serving sniper rifle in the world, and remained the Soviet Union's main sniper rifle until it was superseded in 1962 by the semi-automatic SVD Dragunov rifle.
Staff officers of the 1st Panzer Parachute First Division "Hermann Goering" inspect the battlefield on the outskirts of the German city of Bautzen. From heavily damaged buildings can be seen how serious were fighting for the city. April 26, 1945. Amongst the destroyed buildings lies a self-propelled gun ISU-122 Soviet-made with a Polish eagle on the armor. Behind the self-propelled gun is the body of a dead crew member.
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.
A press photo of unidentified Red Army female snipers in a dugout in 1944. The photo was published in the daily Izvestia newspaper. Note the "short" PU scope on the Mosin Nagant rifles. Postwar tests demonstrated that this little scope was impervious to cold and hermetically sealed right out of the box.