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  • Yeleninskoye, Russian Empire
    Tuesday Mar 23, 1915

    Birth

    Yeleninskoye, Russian Empire
    Tuesday Mar 23, 1915

    Zaytsev was born in Yeleninskoye, Orenburg Governorate in a peasant family of Russian ethnicity and grew up in the Ural Mountains, where he learned marksmanship by hunting deer and wolves with his grandfather and older brother.




  • Magnitogorsk, Soviet Union
    1930

    Graduation

    Magnitogorsk, Soviet Union
    1930

    He graduated from seven classes of junior high school. In 1930 he graduated from a construction college in the city of Magnitogorsk, where he received the specialty of a fitter. He graduated from accounting courses.




  • Stalingrad, Soviet Union (Now Volgodonsk, Russia)
    Thursday Sep 17, 1942

    Part of the 62nd Army at Stalingrad

    Stalingrad, Soviet Union (Now Volgodonsk, Russia)
    Thursday Sep 17, 1942

    He was assigned to the 1047th Rifle Regiment of the 284th "Tomsk" Rifle Division, which became part of the 62nd Army at Stalingrad on 17 September 1942.




  • Soviet Union
    Monday Feb 22, 1943

    Zaytsev was awarded the title Hero of the Soviet Union

    Soviet Union
    Monday Feb 22, 1943

    On 22 February 1943, Zaytsev was awarded the title Hero of the Soviet Union. He returned to the front and finished the war at the Battle of the Seelow Heights in Germany, with the military rank of captain. He became a member of the Communist Party in 1943.




  • Kiev, Ukraine
    Sunday Dec 15, 1991

    Zaytsev Death

    Kiev, Ukraine
    Sunday Dec 15, 1991

    Zaytsev settled in Kiev, where he studied at a textile university before obtaining employment as an engineer. He rose to become the director of a textile factory in Kiev and remained in that city until he died on 15 December 1991 at the age of 76, eleven days before the dissolution of the Soviet Union.




  • U.S.
    2001

    Enemy at the Gates

    U.S.
    2001

    A feature-length film, Enemy at the Gates (2001), starring Jude Law as Zaytsev, was based on part of William Craig's book Enemy at the Gates: The Battle for Stalingrad (1973), which includes a "snipers' duel" between Zaytsev and a Wehrmacht sniper school director, Major Erwin König. Zaytsev indicates in his own memoirs that a three-day duel did occur and that the sniper he killed was the head of a sniper school near Berlin.




  • Volgodonsk, Russia
    Tuesday Jan 31, 2006

    Vasily Zaytsev was reburied on Mamayev Hill in Volgograd with full military honors

    Volgodonsk, Russia
    Tuesday Jan 31, 2006

    On 31 January 2006, Vasily Zaytsev was reburied on Mamayev Hill in Volgograd with full military honors.


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