Tigers in the mud : the combat career of German Panzer by Otto Carius

By Otto Carius

WWII all started with a steel roar because the German Blitzkrieg raced throughout Europe, spearheaded via the main dreaded weapon of the 20 th century: the Panzer. No German tank larger represents that thundering strength than the notorious Tiger, and Otto Carius used to be the most profitable commanders to ever take a Tiger into conflict, destroying good over one hundred fifty enemy tanks in the course of his outstanding occupation.

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I 'could have killed the commander of the engineers, a Hauptmann. While the bridge was certainly not negotiable, he had assured us that we could easily get through the ditch on the right-hand side. Understandably, he didn't want to reinforce the bridge right in the line of sight of the enemy. But I had just as little desire to remain stuck in the ditch and perform an unnecessary recovery in front of the Russians. The Hauptmann soon appeared and demanded that I immediately initiate the attack. One word led to another, and Ivan accompanied our harsh words with a little "friendly" fire .

The German soldier had to hold out under inhuman conditions against winter-experienced and extremely well-equipped Russian divisions. Our regiments-or better yet, that which was still left of themstood their ground for months that were sheer hell for them-with frozen limbs, half starved and emotionally depressed. hensible that we were ever able to last the entire winter in these primitive holding positions. Ask the men who were on the Eastern Front during this first winter-or perhaps even one or two more winters-why they had no sympathy for those who were punished severely or landed in a camp for sedition or sabotage or other similar offences during the war.

I reached Putlos with mixed feelings and with the certain expectation of having to go through another gunnery course. I would much rather have returned to myoid gang at the front. " The news spread like wildfire, and yet no one knew anything specific about it. We got to view a few of its precursors from development, but we didn 't like them very much. Hauptmann von Liittichau was supposed to lead the training. I knew him from Russia and didn 't think it was very nice of him that he saddled me with the job of running the officers' club.

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