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Inhaltsangabe: Throughout World War II, German snipers were obliged to carry a ’Scharfshützen 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 Scharfshützenabzeichen 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.
Introduction written by David L. Robbins.
About the Author: David L. Robbins currently teaches advanced creative writing at VCU Honors College. He is the author of eleven action-packed novels, including War of the Rats, Broken Jewel, The Betrayal Game, The Assassins Gallery, and Scorched Earth. An award-winning essayist, playwright, and screenwriter, Robbins founded the James River Writers, an organization dedicated to supporting professional and aspiring writers. He also co-founded the Podium Foundation, which encourages artistic expression in Richmond s high schools. Robbins extends his creative scope beyond fiction as an accomplished guitarist and student of jazz, pop, and Latin classical music. When he s not writing, he s often sailing, shooting, weightlifting, and traveling the world. He lives in his hometown of Richmond, Virginia.
Buchbeschreibung London, Frontline Books, 2009. 16 cm x 24 cm. XVI, 179 pages. Original hardcover with original dustjacket. Excellent condition with only very minor signs of external wear. Includes for example the following essays: Childhood in East Prussia / My First Fifty-Two Successes as a Sniper / Helping the Lithuanian Resistance / Banished to Siberia / Soviet Bureaucracy in Action / Down the Pit: Sherenkov 1957-1971 / My German Nationality Restored etc. Artikel-Nr. 71670AB