Mikhail Ilyich Surkov
|Died||1953 (age 31-32)|
|Years of service||1941–1946|
|Battles/wars||World War II|
|Awards||Order of Lenin|
Order of the Red Star
Medal "For Courage"
Mikhail Ilyich Surkov (Russian: Михаил Ильич Сурков; 1921 — 1953) was a Soviet sniper in the 4th Rifle Division of the Red Army during World War II. He was born in a Siberian town of Krasnoyarsk and hailed from a family of hunters and fur-trappers.
According to Soviet sources, Surkov had 702 confirmed kills during World War II, a total which would make him the most effective sniper of the European conflict. The top Soviet sniper is officially Ivan Sidorenko, who is credited with 500 confirmed kills, as postwar findings have shown that Surkov's figure very likely only served as propaganda.
- Алексей Илларионович Луковец (1975). Знамена Победы. Pravda.
During the war, "Frontovaya Illustratsiya" wrote: "Sniper Sergeant Mikhail Surkov shoots at the enemy confidently and accurately. - He does not wound - he hits the spot. After killing over 700 Fascists, he went on to the next hunt "
- Mark Spicer and Pat Farey, Sniping: An Illustrated History. Grand Rapids, MI: Zenith, 2009; pg. 129.
- Sarvaš, Andrej (1 February 2013). "Vedie štatistiku smrti. Fínsky ostreľovač prezývaný Biela smrť". SME (in Slovak). Retrieved 13 April 2014.