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Snipers in World War II:

Can anyone verify the factuality of the Stalingrad sniper dual between Vasily Zeitzev and Major Koenig? This has been presented time and again as fact and I still can not find anything to refute OR verify the events as typically portrayed. It was a major feature in last nights airing of the sniper program on the History Channel. Both John Plaster and Craig Roberts spoke of the event. So was this just great and long lasting Soviet propaganda or did this event actually take place as described? I have heard so many conflicting accounts. Seeing it laid out again on last nights program seems to indicate this would be a good topic for discussion here.

Come on all you visitors from the East. Give us interested capitalist the low down. With 50+ years gone by and all parties opening their historical records, the actual truth should not be that hard to find. Can anyone answer this definitively?

Scott <>
USA - Wednesday, February 24, 1999 at 16:09:25 (ZULU) 

Scott: It might be difficult to confirm the story of that duel, with those oh-so-trustworthy Nazis and Commies each telling their side of things - Lord knows *those* folks would never lie... I've seen a lot of comments over the years and a few tellings of that story, but nothing truly canonical. Apparently there are some discrepancies in the standard version of the story as well, although I can't remember exactly what off the top of my head. Would be nice if someone really got to the bottom of things, as best as possible, once and for all...

Dave <>
San Jose , CA, USA - Wednesday, February 24, 1999 at 18:59:15 (ZULU) 

About the Zaitsev - Konings duel, the best and latest thing I have read is a quote from "Stalingrad The Fateful Siege: 1942-1943", by Anthony Beevor. His argument is that the fight never happened.

Pat II
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Whiterocks, UT, USA - Sunday, February 28, 1999 at 03:35:35 (ZULU) 

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