Major Erwin König is the main antagonist in the 2001 war thriller film Enemy at the Gates. He is a professional sniper of the Wehrmacht sent to Stalingrad to kill Soviet sniper
. He was portrayed by Ed Harris, who also played General Francis X.
The film Enemy at the Gates, directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud and starring Jude Law, Ed Harris, Rachel Weisz and Joseph Fiennes, is a fictionalized account of the true story of Soviet Vasiji Zaitsev Sniper who became famous during the Battle of Stalingrad.
Matthäus Hetzenauer (German pronunciation: [maˈtɛːʊs ˈhɛtsənaʊ̯ɐ], December 23, 1924 – October 3, 2004) was an Austrian sniper in the German Wehrmacht during World War II. He served in the 3rd Mountain Division on the Eastern Front of World War II and was credited with 345 kills.
The most successful German sniper according to records is Matthäus Hetzenauer with 345 kills. He only reached the range of Private, which makes the idea of King Major and still in the field unlikely.
1. Simo Hayha (505 kills) Simo “Simuna” Hayha was a Finnish sniper who served in the Winter War of 1939–1940 and is credited with 505 confirmed kills against Red Army soldiers.
Vasily Zaytsev, possibly the best-known Soviet sniper, was celebrated for his role in World War II.
The Mauser Karabiner 98k rifle was widely used by all branches of the German armed forces during World War II.
The plot was mostly fictitious. In his book Stalingrad (1998), historian Antony Beevor claims that while Zaytsev was a real person, his duel with König was pure fiction. While Craig’s book features a “sniper duel” between Zaytsev and Konig, the sequence of events in the film is fictitious.
He is caught by the Germans and then interrogated by König. König then has him dressed in German uniform and sent out to repair a communications cable that Vasily had broken. Volodya is then shot dead by Koulikov, who assumed he was just another German sent to fix the wire.
The multi-caliber DXL-5 Ravager rifle (aka Havoc) is the latest from the stables of Lobaev Arms, the Russian sniper rifle manufacturer. The rifle can alternately use 50 BMG (12.7x99mm) caliber rifle ammunition, popular with NATO armies, and Russian-made 12.7x108mm caliber cartridges.
Production. Enemy of the Gates was filmed in Germany. The crossing of the Volga was filmed at Altdöberner See, an artificial lake near the village of Pritzen in southern Brandenburg.