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Tigers in the Mud: The Combat Career of German Panzer Commander Otto Carius (Stackpole Military History Series) Paperback – August 1, 2003
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Valuable lessons are gained by learning the problems associated with fielding new technology in the time of war. While the Tiger tank proved to be an awesome weapon while operational; its' Achilles heel was the tremendous amount of logistic and maintenance support required to keep it running.
I was reminded of Stephen Crane's "The Red Badge of Courage" when reading about Carius' first engagement as an officer, but by the end of the book one thing that is not in dispute is the personal courage of Carius and many of the tankers he led, especially Albert Kerscher. They would slug out the battle from extreme close ranges often so close that traversing the main gun was not possible!
The drama of tank warfare on the Eastern Front is simply told in this book and valuable lessons can be learned by those in the profession of arms. Much like Patton, Carius relays his frustration that the German and Anglo-American forces did not join together and turn on the forces of the Soviet Union. The desperation of German forces to retard the advance of the Red Army allowed many Germans to escape and avoid Communist 0ppression is noteworthy.
Yet these brave German soldiers were an embarrassment to the Post-War Germany and unlike the US where our veterans are dubbed the "greatest generation," German veterans are shunned and instead monuments go up to the draft dodgers and deserters.
In light of the recent prisoner abuse at Abu Ghraib prison, his comments concerning the treatment of Prisoners of War by the Americans are interesting.Read more ›
Very interesting accounts on the mechanical problems of the Tiger - if they drove 50km with 6 tigers only 3 make it. At the end of the book there is an extensive field report reprinted detailing very specifically items on the Tiger that need to be redesigned.
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This can't be described as a great literary work. But it contains solid information about tank warfare from the point of view of a German tank commander in WWII. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Frank N. Hawkins
This is such a sad story, the guys entire life is spent celebrating war and the status it brings being a commander. Read morePublished 13 days ago by James
This is one of many books I wish I had read as a young officer. The author details, in many ways, what it takes to be a good leader. Read morePublished 29 days ago by Richard A. Snyder
Interesting history from the German point of view...
Limited in scope but full of factual information that I have not seen in other reads... Read more
Wonderful detailed account by a legendary tank commander. It really helped me better understand what it was actually like on the Eastern Front for an outmatched German soldier.Published 1 month ago by E. Miller
Really enjoyed this first hand account. Great that all the photos were included.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer