The White Death Simo Häyhä By: Dane & Jack

EARLY LIFE

--HE WAS BORN ON DECEMBER 17, 1905 IN RAUTJÄRVI, FINLAND.

--HE GREW UP ON A FARM AND HE WOULD CONTINUE TO CLAIM THAT AS HIS PROFESSION

--HE WOULD JOIN THE FINNISH ARMY AT THE AGE OF 17.

MILITARY CAREER

- He served primarily as a sniper.

- He only saw major combat in the early conflicts of WW2 in what was known as the The Winter Wars.

-This minor war was fought between 1939 and 1940

-During this period he accumulated over 500 confirmed kills and 700 unconfirmed using his Mosen-Nagat Sako M/28-30.

-He only used iron sights because a scope gave away his position.

-His military career ended when he took a bullet to the face which made him retire.

LEGACY ON HISTORY

- Simo Häyhä is highly regarded in Finland

- He is looked at as a national hero, for his dedication to fighting the Soviets.

- He has been awarded many medals, and is regarded as the most lethal sniper in history.

SIMILARITIES TO CHARACTER: DEATH

- Simo Häyhä is regarded as the White Death for his precision and effectiveness.

- In "The Book Theif", Death is symbolized by the color white, and he is regarded as non-biased and effective.

- Simo and Death share being associated with the color white, and their similar persistence to an impossible task.

- Death has to undertake the impossible task of collecting all the souls, while Simo was tasked with holding off a much stronger and better stocked military force in the Soviets.

- Both of these people share very distinct similarities.

CITATIONS

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Chen, C. Peter. “Simo H.” WW2DB, Lava Development , 2004, ww2db.com/person_bio.php?person_id=814. Accessed 25 Feb. 2017.

Valle, Orvelin. “This Sniper, Known as 'The White Death,' Is Credited with More than 500 Kills.” Business Insider, Business Insider, 24 Sept. 2015, www.businessinsider.com/this-sniper-known-as-the-white-death-is-credited-with-over-500-kills-2015-9. Accessed 21 Feb. 2017.

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