Top positive review
Powerful and disturbing...
on 17 May 2016
The book comprises two parts: the wartime experiences of the author based on his official Sniper's Log Book and his experiences following the defeat of the Wehrmacht and the author's subsequent captivity and internment by the Soviets.
The first half is a little light on narrative detail but serves as a useful indight into operations during the last months of the war in the east.
The second half is more revealing and reinforces the impression that perhaps the western Allies were naive in their dealings with the Soviets and should have taken a much harder line with them in the months immediately post April 1945.
Many German POWs weren't returned to Germany until the late 1950s and early 1960s if they survived at all: Sutkus wasn't repatriated until the 1990s - after the final fall of communism, such was his notoriety with the Soviets. Even then the German authorities were of little help, refusing him his resettlement entitlement due to him as part of his war-pension...
A sobering account, not to be missed.