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Panzer Ace

The Memoirs of an Iron Cross Panzer Commander from Barbarossa to Normandy
Narrated by: Nigel Patterson
Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
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Summary

Richard Freiherr von Rosen was a highly decorated Wehrmacht soldier and outstanding panzer commander. After serving as a gunlayer on a Pz.Mk.III during Barbarossa, he led a company of Tigers at Kursk. Later he led a company of King Tiger panzers at Normandy and in late 1944 commanded a battle group (12 King Tigers and a flak company) against the Russians in Hungary in the rank of junior, later senior lieutenant (from November 1944, his final rank). Only 489 of these King Tiger tanks were ever built. They were the most powerful heavy tanks to see service, and only one kind of shell could penetrate their armor at a reasonable distance. Every effort had to be made to retrieve any of them bogged down or otherwise immobilized, which led to many towing adventures.

The author has a fine memory and eye for detail. His account is easy to listen to and not technical, and adds substantially to the knowledge of how the German Panzer Arm operated in the Second World War.

©2017 Verlagshaus Würzburg GmbH & Co. KG; English language translation copyright 2018 by Greenhill Books; Robert Forczyk foreword copyright 2018 by Greenhill Books (P)2018 Tantor

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Amazing!

I really enjoyed this one, good story and interesting facts.
Liked hearing from a German perspective.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 24-07-18

terrific insight from the German side

I'm not sure why so many people don't want to hear bother sides of this amazing and tragic story. I love to hear the other side story in any conflict as one can not truly understand the conflict unless you hear both sides. The victor always writes the story and everybody buys it. I'm not that guy. It's well written and much respect goes out to the German soldiers, well most of them anyhow.

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  • D.A. Nygaard
  • 23-07-18

First Person Warrior Story

As the book summary states, Panzer Ace is the first-person account of a soldier caught up by and thrown into the second world war. The book was composed in 2012, apparently from his personal journals. In Panzer Ace the reader rides along in German tanks invading Russia and fruitlessly trying to hold back the overwhelming material advantage of the Western allies. The story concludes in a Tiger tank fighting Russians in Hungary and then Austria before the wounded soldier's final battle against the bitter French occupation. Here is an account of actual industrial warfare--inhumane and indifferent. Here, too, is the story of the comradeship that perhaps only soldiers can know; because they've seen into the abyss ... and lived ~

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  • Gabriel
  • 04-01-19

Not what I expected

You would figure that a tanker who experienced front line tank combat on two fronts would present a memoir that would be full of battlefield specifics, unique battle descriptions, details of tank operations, descriptions of tank particulars, etc. None of that is really in this book. Apart from a detailed recitation of an early Eastern Front close call where his tank was disabled and he had to hide out from Russians for a couple days, this book is written as more of an outline of places visited and battle outcomes. There are absolutely no descriptions of how the tiger tank actually worked, or how the King Tiger crew did what they did. Battles are included as an afterthought. Most of the book involves name dropping of buddies and commanders known to the author and an overview of where his unit fought. The book is written in a very old-fashioned and stilted manner. Russian attack? "Unpleasant." Russian rocket attack? "Very unpleasant." "Elbow almost blown off?" "Very, very unpleasant"

The greatest detail in the book involves the continuous efforts of the Germans to tow swamp stuck tanks or disabled tanks. I think the author is most proud of his accomplishments in towing various expensive tanks out of soft mud or because of damaged engines or tracks. Towards the end of the book, it seems the only thing the Wehrmacht was doing was towing tanks to safety. Seriously, if you have a tank towing fetish, this is the book of your dreams!

To be fair, for hardcore WW2 buffs like me, it's not a horrible book because there are tidbits of info (mostly about towing tanks) I learned about, but if you're looking for the German version of Brad Pitt's "Fury," this isn't it.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 21-08-18

great read!

loved it! great book for anyone interested in world war 2 from the other sides point of view. very much enjoyed this book.

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  • Michael Gawlinski
  • 18-01-19

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Good if you want the common German soldiers perspective with a minimum of 'political' comments

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  • Tom H.
  • 08-01-19

BORING!

Wordy and boring.
Almost put me to sleep.
Which is dangerous while driving.
No excitement.

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  • U352
  • 04-01-19

Incredible

The perspective of an army on the move in the east and all the particulars that go into supporting them. Amazing

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  • Anonymous User
  • 29-11-18

Interesting perspective

not a lot of detail but that's understandable, considering he wrote it late in life.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 26-11-18

Amazing!

This is a great book. Made me have a more in-depth & respectful view of the non-SS german soldier.

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  • mmichal
  • 02-11-18

story from frontline

Really good story of panzer ace directly from all frontline attacking zones of Hitler's machinery. I love story but sometime I got to state that voice speaks to me and I lost my concentration. Some more enthusiasm in performance willl make it great!