am 4. August 2005
Otto Carius is hardly the proto-typical "Nazi" Tank Commander. Upon first boarding his troop train, he was laughed at by his fellow military passengers as a child who somehow managed to get his hands on a German army uniform.
However this diminutive, baby-faced man later became the scourge of Russian Armored Troops fighting on the Northern Wing of Invasion Barbarossa. Carius was at first a crew member of a Czech built tank, and after his baptism-of-fire in 1941, was sent to a Officer Training School and later returned to battle equipped with a brand new "Tiger" tank. This tank, with its -at the time- massive 88mm gun and thick armor was when Carius became a full-fledged tank ace. However, not at the expense of larger unit tactics and strategy. He was truly a great commander of men, and the numerous battles one experiences with him in this book showcase that although his personal achievements are high, they were always secondary to the safe-guarding and training of his men.
If you are looking for a first-hand account of one of the Wehrmacht's Premier Tank Unit commanders, then this is one of the best books to buy. I have many German ww2 memoirs in my library and this is by far one of the best.
am 14. Oktober 2015
Nach dem Kinofilm "Fury" wollte ich ein wenig mehr über die Thematik des Panzerkriegs erfahren. Der Autor hat wohl unbestritten herausragende Leistungen erbracht und entsprechende Erfolge gehabt. Ich hatte mir erhofft, in diesem Buch spannende und detaillierte Beschreibungen von Panzereinsätzen zu lesen, über Taktik, Technik, Einsatzkonzepte etc. Leider sind seine Schilderungen nicht sonderlich spannend sondern beschreiben das Kampfgeschehen selbst nur sehr oberflächlich, in einer endlosen Abfolge von Orten und Namen beteiligter Personen. Eher wie eine Chronik.
am 27. März 2010
I can only second your rewiev. Carius was one of the best, because he was intelligent, honest, quick-witted and cared for his men. I had the great honor and priviledge of meeting him at his home a few months ago. He is a down-to-earth man, who, to this very day, in his mid-eighties stands behind the counter of his drugstore in Rhineland-Palatinate every working day. A truly unpretentious hero with the best Prussian characteristics.