>>38537389>The nickname was supposedly heard from Soviet POWs and I sincerely doubt the Soviet commissar system would have allowed such a name to spread,
Soviet Union wasn't an orwellian nightmare, you know. It had it's moments, but I'd doubt that for so long nobody would make a slip, if the name would be real.>That is pretty much what happened in the battle of Kollaa though
Well, maybe you're right.
Anyway, I highly doubt the fact that soviets game Hayha a specific name. Just because it's such a common idea in wartime folklore and propaganda writings. And it's international: finns brag about White Death, soviets say that Pokryshkin was so feared that german pilots used to warn everyone that he's in the air (as if they could recognise his plane as easily as if it was a WWI corn duster), americans have White Feather Hathcock.
And, of course, the legend of a special squad dispatched to kill a specific war hero, as it was said about Hayuha and von Richthofen during WWI.