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4.03  ·  Rating details ·  911 ratings  ·  51 reviews
Otto Carius sunaikino daugiau nei 150 priešo tankų. Knyga skirta 502-ojo sunkiųjų tankų bataliono 2-osios kuopos bendražygiams.
Hardcover, 315 pages
Published 2016 by "Briedis" (first published 1950)
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This book was interesting to me as a former armor commander myself. I have read Colonel Hans von Luck's Panzer Commander: The Memoirs of Colonel Hans von Luck which tells the story of WW2 combat in the European theater from the command point of view and also Paul Carell's Scorched Earth: The Russian-German War, 1943-1944 which gives a detailed overall history of the Russian-German war. This book filled a gap by giving an account of small unit actions (from squad up to company level). Carius was ...more
Metodi Markov
Хер Ото Кариус се оказа приличен писател, но вероятно е бил много по-добър аптекар. :)

Като танкист и командващ офицер е бил изключителен!

Заради ниското си тегло е отхвърлян два пъти от армията, за да бъде приет най на края в пехотата. От там става доброволец за постъпване в танковите войски и заминава на обучение.

През 1943 година започва да воюва на Източния фронт срещу настъпващите руснаци. По голямата част от унищожените от неговия Тигър цели ( над 150 танка и оръдия) са постигнати там.

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Vedran Vrhovac
Feb 22, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
Zanimljiva tematika ali knjiga je nespretno napisana pa radnja često skače s jednog mjesta na drugo, ponekad je to naporno pratiti. Takva je priroda rata, konfuzna, posebno kada se povlačiš.

I nije mi se svidjelo sprdanje autora s ratnim zločinima. U jednom trenutku uspoređuje ratne zločine s ubijanjem pjetla. Ubiti pjetla i 30 milijuna ljudi nije isto. Jedna zvjezdica manje zbog toga.
Stipe Franjić
Apr 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the best tank aces ever, Otto Carius, describes his experience of WW2 from a "commander's hatch" viewpoint. Starting out as a loader in Pz 38 (t), he moved up to a commander rank of the famous Pz VI Tiger heavy tank. He destroyed a significant number of tanks, assault guns and even one plane (!) at the East Front. At the later stage of WW2 he participated in the defensive fights in Germany where he commanded a Jagdtiger company, but Germany's plans to win the war had already failed by the ...more
Mar 09, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not my usual fare, but I picked this up after getting hooked on the World of Tanks Blitz game.

There are a lot of interesting tidbits about what life was like for tankers on the Eastern Front, but it's not what I hoping for. It stands in complete contrast to A Bloody War: 1939-1945, which I read years ago and still remember fondly.

Some details are very vivid and memorable. Picture them falling asleep in the tank, and waking up with their hair frozen into the frost on the inside of the tank. Or hi
Jul 24, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Представете си малкото немско градче Хершвайлер-Петерсхайм (само си го представете, не е нужно да го произнасяте). Влизате в аптека с нетипичното име „Тигър“. Посреща ви добродушен възрастен аптекар, всъщност най-възрастният аптекар в Германия. Поне до 2015 година. Името му е Ото Кариус и освен ако не сте запалени по военната история, вероятно няма и да разберете, че пред вас стои един от най-резултатните немски танкови асове от Втората световна война, записал на сметката си близо 200 унищожени ...more
Nov 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There are certain faults with the Carius memoir (I read the 2003 1st Edition Stackpole Series). It tends to be dry at times, says nothing about any possible war crimes committed by the German Front, and generally gives a rather selective view of the battlefield.

But as a historical source? This memoir is highly valuable. Not many German panzer commanders wrote their memoirs. There is Hans von Luck and Friedrich von Mellenthin... but that's pretty much it, and both of them were rather higher ranki
Jeong Sihm
Mar 31, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is written by Otto Carius, one of the most decorated WWII German tank commanders. His keen observations, situational awareness, and tons of luck helped him to survive even the most dreaded Eastern Front. The book contains a lot of small unit actions in muddy conditions along the Baltic countries from a low ranking Wehrmacht Panzer officer's point of view. His stories are very detailed but remarkably dry, matter-of-fact, and most of the time emotionless. And he seemed to be quite unhapp ...more
Paul Spence
Feb 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
If one were to remove the identities of the nations at war and whether the troops were German, American, Russian, or other--in short, take out the political aspects--this account could be any warrior's story. It reads very much like the personal accounts of American and British soldiers. Politics and the rest are in the background. Instead, there is duty, defense of the nation and, at the very core, support for one's comrades in battle and fear of letting them down. In fact, the book itself was ...more
Apr 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book, particularly reading of Otto’s experiences on the Eastern Front. It’s incredible to read about the day-to -day heroics of front line soldiers. I was however bothered by his criticism of the Allied Powers- particularly the Americans- near the end of the book. He spoke of the cruel treatment he and fellow German soldiers suffered at the hands of his captors while not once acknowledging or speaking to the atrocities millions suffered under the heel of the Nazi jack boot. He spoke ...more
Oct 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
dont usually read books like this but it was worth it.
This definitely a military mans book alright. Its all about reports, battle tactics, day by day fights, etc.
Otto is someone who clearly takes great comfort from being in the army. Even as its clear things are all going to hell, the way he tells it, its as if just another day. As long as the army structure is upheld he just gets on with it.
He is bitter with the portal of the soldiers after the war and that he has to hid his accomplishments a
Jul 29, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2018
Knygą vertinti gerai yra sunku. Dažniausia pateikiami “sausi” faktai, mažai detalių, tad itin sunku skaityti raporto stilistikos knygą. Autorius neįtikina - visur jį supa herojai, baimės nėra, karas ne toks ir baisus. Paskaičius kitus atsiminimus iš karo, šitie atrodo perdėti. Yra įdomių detalių, bet itin mažai ir tik pabaigoje. Vokietija piešiama kaip neteisingai suprasta, nukentėjusioji pusė, tuo tarpu sąjungininkai įvardinami kaip tikrieji agresoriai. Toks subjektyvumas neatskleidžia karo rea ...more
Jeffrey Edick
Jul 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
decent first hand account of tank and infantry fighting in the Eastern Front, Group North in 1943-44.
In the main body of the book, Carius seems to skip over many details which would have made this more interesting for me, but later I found some of what I was looking for in his After Action Reviews lumped together at the end. Overall a good read, not very complicated, a good WW2 diary.
Georgi Kolarov
Sep 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Впечатли ме особено отношението на командирите - винаги на купола, рискувайки живота си за да спасят екипажа. Не мога да си представя наш командир на тази позиция. Несправедливо ми се струва по филмите тази особеност да се представя подигравателно като някакво високомерно перчене пред противника.
Feb 22, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"I found out that even with the best intentions there are limits to physical stamina...I was ordered to bed and was allowed neither tobacco nor alcohol. The fact that I also didn't have any desire for them told me how really bad off I was."

- Knight's Cross at the Hospital
Kaarel Viljaste
Memuaarina annab teos täitsa midagi: saab teada kus, kuidas, mis ja kellega juhtus. Aga peale selle jääb ikkagi igavaks, pole kirge, emotsioone, ei ilusid ega valusid. Ja need on ju ometi need, mida otsime raamatuist.
Adam Rozevic
Jan 24, 2018 rated it liked it
Interesting book about everyday life of tank crew of Pzkpfw IV “Tiger”. But there are a lot of mistakes made by publisher. People with basic/moderate knowledge of armour of second world war would notice this immediatle. Plus illegal use of photos is minus.
Ed Briggs
Jul 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fascinating view from the turret of a tiger

Well worth reading if you like tanks, to read how a real tiger crew worked. Worth reading just to see the German view point.
Terry  Campbell
Jun 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great read

A must read for anyone who wants a perspective of a German tank commander. Has been rated as on o best
Cosma Catalin
Feb 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
one word: excellent ! :D
Mar 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well written

Good detail on both the Eastern and the end of the war in western Germany. It is a personal account and I found Me Carius's viewpoints interesting and informative.
Mar 18, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history-military
The author's shrill defence of the honour and innocence of german soldiers during WWII makes this work hard to endure.
Irakli Svanidze
Oct 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you're interested in armored warfare on the eastern front, read it. If not, give it a pass.
Robin Lee
Jan 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When "World War II" is uttered, Americans and Russians are brought to mind as the heroes. Yet, the Germans were also heroes -- they fought for what they believed in, and well. Otto Carius was one of those German heroes, a tank ace who fought for his country despite overwhelming odds.
Een zeer interessante autobiografie. Een opbouwend verhaal dat volgepakt zit met actie en spanning. Dat is straf aangezien het een autobiografie is, een echt gebeurd verhaal dus en niet fictie. Het geeft een Duits spectrum weer van de oorlog, aangezien het komt van een lage Duitse officier. Hij verteld over de oorlog op een andere manier. één die begint als een agressie oorlog maar uiteindelijk veranderd in een strijd om te blijven leven. Otto Carius verteld ook zeer expliciet en in detail over ...more
Aug 26, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in WWII memoirs and PzKfw action
Recommended to MjL by: Mikael
Shelves: war, biography
Tigers in the mud is a very clean (as in little guts and bloodspill) memoir of Otto Carius' combat career. Most of the action takes place on the relentless Eastern Front.

His approach is very personal, as he talks about what he sees, does and feels. A huge emphasis is put on the camaraderie on the front and how no one who's been through that can't really understand the "brotherhood" feeling, which does make sense. Still, somehow, it's all a bit clinical and felt somehow detached on some level, s
David Fitzpatrick
Jul 01, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
These memoirs fulfill the tome about German efficiency. I suspect something was lost in a translation that reads like it was from Google Translate. Nevertheless, the point by point, emotionless recounting of troop movements and equipment was not what I was expecting when reading this.

I desired something with more emotion, something that spoke to the effect of experiences, the tool of war, shared anecdotes both from fighting and being with comrades - most of what was missing here.

On top of that
Susan Paxton
Otto Carius is one of the few Germans who served in Tiger tanks during WWII to write his memoirs, and, taken simply as a description of what it was like to serve on the Eastern Front in a Tiger unit, this is quite a good book and those interested in the Tiger and the war in the east will find it useful reading. But Carius' blind spots about the war are grating. Apparently the only atrocities Carius knew about was mistreatment of German heroes by the Americans - you know, the guys who had just li ...more
Pedro Plassen
As personal accounts can be, it is very dependent on the writer's own experience of the war, thus becoming a collection of specific events, making hard to place in context if one has not already some background on the period. The author's way of describing makes it look like the war was a great fun adventure, a bit lighthearted in my opinion, but that comes with the person. Interesting was getting to understand the life of a panzer crew: the dangers, the logistics and tactics in the battlefield. ...more
Teele Loss
Dec 28, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tigers in the Mud is a great companion for someone who is not interested in the image of enormity of war. There are no painful or extremely detailed explanations of young men suffering which actually was the case during the war. Instead Commander Otto Carius explains strategies of tank combat during his service years 1940-1945 in the 21st Panzer Regiment and how he pulled off such fearless fights on the battlefields in the Eastern front. In total he took down incredible 150+ tanks plus as many a ...more
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