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Throughout World War II, German snipers were obliged to carry a 'Scharfshutzen Buch' which recorded every kill. Each success noted had to be verified by a witness and signed by a superior officer.The journal of Sutkus is one of only a few such books to have survived the war. It records more than 200 kills, placing him as one of the war's most successful snipers. A large part of his journal is reproduced for the first time here.returncharacterreturncharacterAs a Hitler Youth member his skill as a marksman was quickly noted and, in July 1943, aged 19, he was drafted into the Wehrmacht. A month later he was sent on a five month sniper's course in Wilna, after which he was posted to the Eastern Front. returncharacterreturncharacterHe was so successful that his superiors sent him to crucial positions. Despite his age, he was regarded as one of Germany's best snipers and in November 1944 he was awarded the Scharfshutzenabzeichen 3 Stufe - the highest award for a sniper.returncharacterreturncharacterAfter being wounded in January 1945, Sutkus was given time to recuperate away from the Eastern Front. During this time he met a Red Cross nurse, to whom he gave all his journal.returncharacterreturncharacterWhen the war finished, Sutkus was forced to join the Red Army. He deserted to join the Lithuanian resistance fighters. After being captured again he was tortured by the KGB and deported to Siberia to endure forced labor. It was not until the collapse of the Soviet Union that he was able return to Germany and find his journal, still in the hands of the same nurse.Introduction written by David L. Robbins.returncharacterreturncharacter returncharacterreturncharacter REVIEWS returncharacterreturncharacterAs a sniper myself for many years I have always sought to learn from those who went before me, from all countries. This book provides a unique and fascinating in-depth look at the day to day life of an operational sniper.For many years the skill and the bravery of the Wehrmacht sniper has gone unrecorded. With this book we see inside his experiences for the first time and it is a read that I would strongly recommend to any current sniper. A truly fascinating look at the trials and tribulations of one mans war when the world was at war around him. Mark Spicer, author of the Illustrated Manual of Sniper SkillsreturncharacterreturncharacterIt's extremely rare to find a first-hand account by one of Germany's most accomplished World War II snipers but rarer yet, this memoir incorporates his actual wartime shooting logbook, documenting 207 kills. Fascinating and tragic, especially the post-war decades he spent in the Soviet gulag.returncharacterreturncharacterMajor John L. Plaster, U.S. Army Special Forces, author, 'The Ultimate Sniper' and 'The History of Sniping and Sharpshooting.'returncharacterreturncharacterThe best first-person German sniper account of World War Two I have read, well documented and illustrated, a fascinating storyreturncharacterreturncharacter- Tim Newark, editor, Military Illustrated magazinereturncharacterreturncharacter

Book News Annotation:

Drafted into the Nazi Wehrmacht's 68th Infantry Division at age 19, Bruno Sutkus quickly became known as one of Germany's best snipers. German snipers were required to carry log books to record every kill, and Sutkus' log was one of the few such books to survive the war. In this autobiography, he draws on entries from the log and newspaper accounts to describe the experience of infantry warfare as seen though the eyes of a sniper. He then recounts how he was forced to join the Soviet Army after the war, and how he deserted to join Lithuanian resistance fighters. He was captured by the KGB and deported to Siberia, held on forced labor camps for decades, and was finally able to return to Germany in 1997. The story closes as he is given a hero's welcome in Lithuania and coaches the Lithuanian army on sniping skills. Many b&w historical photos, some of documents and letters, are included. The book was first published in German by Munin Verlag in 2003. It has been translated by Geoffrey Brooks. This English language edition includes a new introduction by historical novelist David L. Robbins. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

Throughout World War II, German snipers were obliged to carry a 'Scharfshutzen Buch' which recorded every kill. Each success noted had to be verified by a witness and signed by a superior officer.The journal of Sutkus is one of only a few such books to have survived the war. It records more than 200 kills, placing him as one of the war's most successful snipers. A large part of his journal is reproduced for the first time here.

As a Hitler Youth member his skill as a marksman was quickly noted and, in July 1943, aged 19, he was drafted into the Wehrmacht. A month later he was sent on a five month sniper's course in Wilna, after which he was posted to the Eastern Front.

He was so successful that his superiors sent him to crucial positions. Despite his age, he was regarded as one of Germany's best snipers and in November 1944 he was awarded the Scharfshutzenabzeichen 3 Stufe - the highest award for a sniper.

After being wounded in January 1945, Sutkus was given time to recuperate away from the Eastern Front. During this time he met a Red Cross nurse, to whom he gave all his journal.

When the war finished, Sutkus was forced to join the Red Army. He deserted to join the Lithuanian resistance fighters. After being captured again he was tortured by the KGB and deported to Siberia to endure forced labor. It was not until the collapse of the Soviet Union that he was able return to Germany and find his journal, still in the hands of the same nurse.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781848325487
Author:
Sutkus, Bruno
Publisher:
Casemate Publishers and Book Distributors
Author:
Robbins, David L.
Subject:
Military - World War II
Subject:
Military - Veterans
Subject:
Europe - Germany
Subject:
Military-World War II General
Publication Date:
20091131
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
9.46x6.40x.94 in. 1.25 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , Throughout World War II, German snipers were obliged to carry a 'Scharfshutzen Buch' which recorded every kill. Each success noted had to be verified by a witness and signed by a superior officer.The journal of Sutkus is one of only a few such books to have survived the war. It records more than 200 kills, placing him as one of the war's most successful snipers. A large part of his journal is reproduced for the first time here.

As a Hitler Youth member his skill as a marksman was quickly noted and, in July 1943, aged 19, he was drafted into the Wehrmacht. A month later he was sent on a five month sniper's course in Wilna, after which he was posted to the Eastern Front.

He was so successful that his superiors sent him to crucial positions. Despite his age, he was regarded as one of Germany's best snipers and in November 1944 he was awarded the Scharfshutzenabzeichen 3 Stufe - the highest award for a sniper.

After being wounded in January 1945, Sutkus was given time to recuperate away from the Eastern Front. During this time he met a Red Cross nurse, to whom he gave all his journal.

When the war finished, Sutkus was forced to join the Red Army. He deserted to join the Lithuanian resistance fighters. After being captured again he was tortured by the KGB and deported to Siberia to endure forced labor. It was not until the collapse of the Soviet Union that he was able return to Germany and find his journal, still in the hands of the same nurse.

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