How did the White Death (Simo Häyhä) die?

How did the White Death (Simo Häyhä) die?

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  1. Simo Häyhä, known as the White Death was a Finnish military sniper. He holds the record for killing the greatest number of people ( around 500) during a major war. He was dubbed as The White Death because of this during the Winter Wars.

    Simo was born to a family of farmers in Rautjärvi in the Viipuri Province. He used to tend a farm along with his elder brother and spent his days hunting and skiing, before his days in the military.

    Häyhä started in the military at the age of 17. He excelled in the shooting competitions and earned trophies upon trophies. Even then he was not the kind to brag about it. Rather, he preferred to stay out of focus and would often position himself at the back in group pictures until he was forced to take center stage because of his achievements.

    Häyhä was recruited for sniper position for the Finnish Army during the harsh Winter War, with Lieutenant Aarne Juutilainen as the Captain in the 6th Company of Infantry Regiment 34. The conditions for the war were not as easy as the temperatures rarely ever reached over zero degrees. Häyhä wore camouflage clothing, wearing complete white to be easily hidden in the snow. Since the enemy soldiers did not have the same resource, they appeared easily visible to the snipers. He performed a total of five kills in a single day, totaling up to 500 in less than 100 days.

    In 1940, Häyhä suffered an injury and was considered dead until a fellow soldier spotted him, still alive. Most parts of the left side of his face were gone after the injury and he was no longer allowed to serve in the Continuation War. He then retired and died of natural causes at the age of 96.

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