Sutkus was born in East Prussia on 14 May 1924. Serving with the Wehrmachts 68th Infantry Division he was awarded numerous medals, including the Iron Cross 1st and 2nd class, the Infantry Assault Badge, the Wound Badge (silver) and Snipers Badge (gold). After time in Siberia he was welcomed in Lithuania as a hero and advised their army on sniping skills. He died in Germany on 29 August 2003. David L Robbins wrote The War of the Rats.