Bruno Sutkus: how the KGB did to the best sniper of Hitler

History 16/03/20 Bruno Sutkus: how the KGB did to the best sniper Hitler

Bruno Sutkus – were among the three best snipers in the Wehrmacht. It was called “hunter of the red Commissars”. On account of the sniper were 209 confirmed kills. At the end of the war he was in Soviet captivity, however, by chance, was not shot.

the origin of the sniper

Bruno Sutkus was born in the city Tannenwald in 1924. His father was Lithuanian, which in some ways complicates getting the son of a German citizenship. Despite this fact the next sniper without a problem became a member of the “Hitler youth” . Even then, the lessons of military training, he showed his talent for small business. In 1941, Bruno Sutkus was able to obtain “national status of German”, and in 1943 he was drafted into the army. Shooting skills otochennye training in “Hitlerjugend” and storm troopers, immediately allocate Sutkus compared to other fighters. The result of his success becomes the recommendation of the command and the direction of the sniper school Vilnius. Semi-annual training under the guidance of experienced instructors turn Sutkus in a first-class sniper.


By the end of 1944, on account of Bruno Sutkus already killed about 70 officers and snipers. In military annals it is called the “hunter of the red Commissars” and his victory is marked by high awards. By the end of the war, successful attacks and sniper duel adjusted his combat score to 209 goals. For high merits Bruno Sutkus was awarded a rare sign – and-gold patch on the German sniper. At the end of the war, realizing that he might be a coveted trophy, Sutkus gets rid of all distinctions and is captured by the Americans. After a short stay in captivity, he is sent to stay with relatives in Leipzig. Bribing local counterintelligence it gets false certificates , and after filtration camps will be sent to Lithuania. In Communist Lithuania, formerniper managed to survive until 1949, that’s when his wife was deemed unreliable and were subject to exile in Siberia , together with her went to Bruno Sutkus.

After the war

Already in Siberia Cactus came under heavy attention of the security organs. The fatal case occurred in February 1956, when Cactus was summoned to the district. The KGB officers showed photographs of a former sniper with his awards ceremony, Cactus was discovered. By a strange coincidence, he was not shot, more than that – no punitive action was not applied. Bruno Cactus got a job at the coal mine, and a year later suddenly received a Soviet passport.

In 1969, Boris Antonovich ( so Sutkus was recorded in Soviet documents) have been passing through Moscow. Trying to move his plan is to return to Germany, he managed to convey a letter with a request for citizenship to the Embassy of Germany. A few days later he had a meeting with representatives of the KGB and the collapse of the hopes of leaving home. Bruno Sutkus was able to return to Germany only in 1991.

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