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Zhang Taofang
張桃芳
Born 1931
Died April 29, 2007 (aged 76)
Place of birth China
Place of death China
Allegiance  China
Service/branch Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg People's Volunteer Army
Years of service January 11, 1953 –
Unit 8th company, 214th Regiment, 24th Corps
Battles/wars Korean War
Awards Combat 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.It is claimed he has 214 confirmed kills in 32 days without using a sniper magnifying scope.[1]

Biography[edit | edit source]

Born Xinghua City in Jiangsu Province.

Korean War[edit | edit source]

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. 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.

On February 15, he hit 7 enemies with 9 bullets, which surpassed the ratio of many experienced snipers.[citation needed]It is claimed He achieved a total of 214 confirmed kills on UN troops, mostly American, in 32 days,[2] with only 442 bullets [3]

Media[edit | edit source]

In 2003, Zhang was the topic of a CCTV documentary.

Books[edit | edit source]

  • 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

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