Is Erwin König a real person?
It is difficult to say whether he actually existed or not. Erwin Konig was a supposedly a German sniper who was present at the Battle of Stalingrad and is mentioned in the diaries of Vasily Zaytsev, a Soviet sniper, who allegedly killed him.
However, there are no records of any person named Erwin Konig being present in German records and the only mention of his name comes from Zaytsev’s diaries. Some believe it may have been a case of mistaken identity, as “Konig” means king in German and may have been a nickname for the soldier.
It is impossible to tell whether he really existed or not, but many famous snipers did exist throughout the Second World War, including the Soviet Vasily Zaytsev and the Finnish Simo Häyhä who were both seen as military heroes in their respective countries.