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Patrick Agte
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Book Description

  • The story of one of the most successful and decorated tank commanders of all time
  • Contains maps, official documents, newspaper clippings, and orders of battle

    German Panzer ace Michael Wittmann was by far the most famous tank commander on any side in World War II, destroying 138 enemy tanks and 132 anti-tank guns with his Tiger. This classic of armored warfare is both combat biography and unit history, as Patrick Agte focuses on the life and career of Wittmann but also includes his fellow Tiger commanders in the 1st SS Panzer Division Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler. Volume One covers the Eastern Front, where Wittmann racked up more than 100 kills and participated in the Battle of Kursk in 1943.

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    About the Author

    Patrick Agte has written a biography of another renowned tank commander, Jochen Peiper (0-921991-46-0).

    Product Details

    • File Size: 15336 KB
    • Print Length: 432 pages
    • Publisher: Stackpole Books (September 1, 2006)
    • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B004L62FCU
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #616,453 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Detailed History of top Waffen SS Tiger Commanders! August 1, 2007
    The Eastern Front experiences of the world's most successful tank ace, Michael Wittmann, and those of his fellow Waffen SS Tiger commanders of the Leibstandarte Division are covered in this first of two volumes published by Stackpole Books.

    This first volume does provide a great deal of information of Wittmann and his comrades and the combat activities of the 4th (Heavy) Company from its creation in January 1943 to early June 1944 when Wittmann & his comrades, now part of the 101st SS Panzer Battalion, found themselves in France awaiting the Allied invasion. Numerous first-person accounts of Wittmann, the man and the military commander, abound. Though many are written in the stilted, stiff wartime style, they do present a coherent picture of an exemplary commander and a superlative fighting leader. The book also includes testimonials to other Waffen SS commanders and many accounts of Eastern Front action. Unfortunately the book, originally published in Germany, is a ponderous read.

    The book also features over 300 photographs of Wittmann, his comrades, their tanks, Soviet opponents, etc. Unfortunately photo reproduction quality is poor; most shots are muddy. There are a number of battle maps included but they are are hard to understand and add little to the narrative. I did find the inclusion of the various units' Order of Battle fascinating. At a single glance you could see how many tanks the unit possessed, supporting flak units, scout cars, supply trucks, etc. and realize how large an organization the 10st, for example, was.

    All in all, Agte's book is a mixed blessing. Lots of info on Wittmann, other Tiger commanders and Eastern Front battles but it's presented in a plodding, graceless narrative. Lots of rare photos but they're poorly reproduced, etc. Reasonable price ($19.95) but remember: you still need to pick up volume 2 to see how it all ends!

    Your call!
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    13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars A bit disappointed October 26, 2006
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    I purchased this book and volume 2 on the hope of reading about Michael Wittman, at the time of this review I had not started the second volume.

    The book does have a lot of information about the Tiger Aces of the Leibstandarte and their battles / triumphs but Michael Wittman has been regulated as one of the Tiger Aces. The book does give a number of mentions of him, but if you are looking for a history solely on him you are going to be disappointed, I gave the book 3 stars for that reason only, for an overall history of the Tiger Aces the book is worth 4 stars.
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    6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Mikael Wittman & the Waffen SS November 18, 2010
    By fred
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    I think this was a good read. There is so much about WWII that we don't know about. All the propagand that was put out by both sides. We still get propagand about WWII that is not favorable or truthfull about the german side, and I don't think it ever will. It is very aggregate, and exposes how the german solder thought, how they were fighting for a cause they believed in just like our side did, unfortunately for them they were fighting a lost cause. If one likes this kind of subject than this book could be for them. Since this is a review for volume one I would recommend reading volume two to finish up on the outcome of Michael Wittman. It's a sad story.
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    10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
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    A very good book to read, with a great deal of information about a WW II hero of the Germany Waffen SS (Michael Wittmann). This book also tell the story of other panzer commanders, and the men that fought in the heavy panze's battalions of WW II. I would also recommmend that you purchase Volume II right away, you wouldn't want to stop reading after you finish Vol. I.
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Michael Wittmann volume I & II January 3, 2013
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    I read these books and found them to be more of an insiders book than a personal account like The Forgotten Soldier, Blood in the Snow or In Deadly combat. Too many small details and too many names for my liking. It did not flow like these other books. While there is much information it comes across like a collage text book. Too bad for me I really wanted to be in the Tiger with Wittmann and his crew. To feel part of what they did but it came up short.
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    5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Can't Give It 5 Stars but I do recommend it. June 7, 2007
    By VM
    I read a couple of readers reviews before I purchased the book. I confirm or concur with what one of the reviewer's said. The maps are not the greatest and the cities mentioned in the text are hard to locate on them and you also need to purchase Vol 2 which continues the story of Wittmann. Vol 1 covers mostly the eastern front and some Italy and Wittmann's exploits there but you need Vol 2 for the western front. It is an easy reading book. More detail about the Tiger's performance aspects would have been good. I will write more on Vol 2 when finished.
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