Started by kalash, January 25, 2015, 01:28:54 AM
Quote from: kalash on January 25, 2015, 01:28:54 AMhttp://www.oregonlive.com/today/index.ssf/2015/01/american_sniper_chris_kyle_cou.html
Quote from: TboneAgain on February 10, 2015, 05:17:58 AMVasily Zaytsev, a Soviet sniper who racked up 225 kills, mostly in the incredibly 'target-rich' environment of the Stalingrad siege, claimed only 11 enemy snipers as kills, and none of those in so-called "duels." The only such "duel" he is associated with, between Zaytsev and Wehrmacht Major Erwin König, popularized in the movie Enemy at the Gates, probably never happened. Major König is widely believed to be a fictional character specifically created for dramatic effect for the movie.
Quote from: kit saginaw on February 10, 2015, 08:09:12 AMI've been wondering about that since the movie was released. It's a small possibility that the men clashed. But what plagued the Germans was sniping from behind, on ground they already held. Would their 'specialist' be moving from front-to-rear every other day or so? It seems unlikely. And after Stalingrad was surrounded, no more Luftwaffe-shuttles.
Quote from: TboneAgain on February 10, 2015, 08:18:01 AMI may not have made my point clearly. It's actually only a small possibility that Major Erwin König ever even existed. There is no historical data to indicate that he was a sniper in Stalingrad, or that he was a sniper, or even that he was a person. Zaytsev certainly never named him, and records of the time don't either.I think maybe he was a construct of the movie-makers. To their credit, I admit that it was GREAT story-telling! But in the end, I think it was just that -- story-telling.