Shepherd from the foothills of the Urals
Later a Russian Soldier/Sniper,
Was awarded the country’s highest honor, the gold star of the Hero of the Soviet Union.
When the war was over he became a professor in Engineering at the university of Kiev
Wrote a book of his experiences called: Note of a sniper, Wich inspired the movies "Enemy at the gates" and "War of the rats"
He and a small band of Red Army snipers managed to terminate more than 1200 Nazis - mostly officers, sergeants, machine - gunners and artillery spotters.
Read; Note of a sniper
Watch; Enemy at the gates, Alltough its not correctly based upon Vassillis life.
( In fact he was a Active Communist )