Zhang Taofang

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Zhang Taofang
DiedApril 29, 2007 (aged 76)
Allegiance China
Service/branchFlag of the People's Republic of China.svg People's Volunteer Army
Years of serviceJanuary 11, 1953 – April 29, 2007
Unit8th company, 214th Regiment, 24th Corps
Battles/warsKorean War
AwardsCombat Hero (2nd Class)

Zhang Taofang, (Chinese: 張桃芳; Wade–Giles: Zhang Tao-fang; 1931 – April 29, 2007) was a Chinese sniper during the Korean War. He is said to have 214 confirmed kills in 32 days without the aid of a telescopic sight.[1][2]

Korean War[edit]

On January 11, 1953, Zhang, who had been enrolled in the army for no more than two years and together with soldiers of 8th company, 214th Regiment, 24th Corps, he was assigned to Triangle Hill, equipped with an old Mosin–Nagant without a PU scope.[3]

After waiting 18 days at his position, Zhang spotted an enemy and immediately aimed and fired 12 shots, only to miss them all. This eager action attracted enemy fire, which almost killed him. After this, he carefully analyzed why he failed and figured out a technique using the iron sight to improve his shooting ability. He shot down one enemy the next day.[3]

On February 15, he hit 7 enemies with 9 rounds, which surpassed the ratio of many experienced snipers. He achieved a total of 214 confirmed kills in 32 days.[3]


In 2003, Zhang was the topic of a China Central Television documentary.


  • Martin Pegler (2006) "Out of Nowhere: A History of the Military Sniper" ISBN 1-84176-854-5
  • Kevin Dockery (2007) "Stalkers and Shooters: A History of Snipers" ISBN 0-425-21542-3