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Wolfgang Faust was the driver of a Tiger I tank with the Wehrmacht Heavy Panzer Battalions, seeing extensive combat action on the Eastern Front in 1943-45. This memoir was his brutal and deeply personal account of the Russian Front's appalling carnage. Depicting a running tank engagement lasting 72 hours, Faust describes how his Tiger unit fought pitched battles in the sn Wolfgang Faust was the driver of a Tiger I tank with the Wehrmacht Heavy Panzer Battalions, seeing extensive combat action on the Eastern Front in 1943-45. This memoir was his brutal and deeply personal account of the Russian Front's appalling carnage. Depicting a running tank engagement lasting 72 hours, Faust describes how his Tiger unit fought pitched battles in the snows of western Russia against the full might of the Red Army: the T34s, Stalin tanks, Sturmovik bombers and the feared Katyusha rocket brigades. His astonishing testimony reveals the merciless decisions that panzer crews made in action, the devastating power of their weaponry, and the many ways that men met their deaths in the snow and ice of the Ostfront. First published in the late 1940s, this memoir's savage realism shocked the post-war German public. Some readers were outraged at the book's final scenes, while others wrote that, ‘Now, at last, I know what our men did in the East.’ Today it stands as one of the great semi-autobiographical accounts of warfare in World War 2: a crescendo of horror, grim survival and a fatalistic acceptance of the panzer man’s destiny. “Among the most impressive narratives of the Eastern Front that I have read. The pages are alive with characters - their machines, their struggles, their decisions and their pain. Readers will finish the book haunted and truly moved, the mark of a great story." - Chris Ziedler, the English translator of ‘SS Panzer SS Voices.’ Originally published in the German Federal Republic as ‘Panzerdammerung’ (‘Panzer Twilight.’) The only other surviving memoir by this author is 'The Last Panther' - an astonishing account of panzer warfare in the final hours of the Third Reich - available now on Amazon.


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Wolfgang Faust was the driver of a Tiger I tank with the Wehrmacht Heavy Panzer Battalions, seeing extensive combat action on the Eastern Front in 1943-45. This memoir was his brutal and deeply personal account of the Russian Front's appalling carnage. Depicting a running tank engagement lasting 72 hours, Faust describes how his Tiger unit fought pitched battles in the sn Wolfgang Faust was the driver of a Tiger I tank with the Wehrmacht Heavy Panzer Battalions, seeing extensive combat action on the Eastern Front in 1943-45. This memoir was his brutal and deeply personal account of the Russian Front's appalling carnage. Depicting a running tank engagement lasting 72 hours, Faust describes how his Tiger unit fought pitched battles in the snows of western Russia against the full might of the Red Army: the T34s, Stalin tanks, Sturmovik bombers and the feared Katyusha rocket brigades. His astonishing testimony reveals the merciless decisions that panzer crews made in action, the devastating power of their weaponry, and the many ways that men met their deaths in the snow and ice of the Ostfront. First published in the late 1940s, this memoir's savage realism shocked the post-war German public. Some readers were outraged at the book's final scenes, while others wrote that, ‘Now, at last, I know what our men did in the East.’ Today it stands as one of the great semi-autobiographical accounts of warfare in World War 2: a crescendo of horror, grim survival and a fatalistic acceptance of the panzer man’s destiny. “Among the most impressive narratives of the Eastern Front that I have read. The pages are alive with characters - their machines, their struggles, their decisions and their pain. Readers will finish the book haunted and truly moved, the mark of a great story." - Chris Ziedler, the English translator of ‘SS Panzer SS Voices.’ Originally published in the German Federal Republic as ‘Panzerdammerung’ (‘Panzer Twilight.’) The only other surviving memoir by this author is 'The Last Panther' - an astonishing account of panzer warfare in the final hours of the Third Reich - available now on Amazon.

30 review for Tiger Tracks - The Classic Panzer Memoir

  1. 4 out of 5

    Themistocles

    This book, like the rest by Sprech Media (SS Panzer - SS Voices, The Last Panther, Tiger Tracks, Hitler's Children) is a piece of fiction. There's just too many details that point to that - from the utter and complete lack of sources or identifiable unit numbers (or ANYthing that could have led to verifications of facts) to technical and historical mistakes (for instance, the IS-3 tank appearing in a 1943 story) it's quite evident that this is not a collection of "eyewitness accounts" but merely This book, like the rest by Sprech Media (SS Panzer - SS Voices, The Last Panther, Tiger Tracks, Hitler's Children) is a piece of fiction. There's just too many details that point to that - from the utter and complete lack of sources or identifiable unit numbers (or ANYthing that could have led to verifications of facts) to technical and historical mistakes (for instance, the IS-3 tank appearing in a 1943 story) it's quite evident that this is not a collection of "eyewitness accounts" but merely a work of a very excitable imagination. Other, often repeated details give that away - the fact that from what's written 9/10 soldiers killed in WWII were decapitated (really, everything, from a single bullet to a naval shell to a 60-ton tank falling on you scenes are filled with severed heads; heads on the snow, heads on tanks, heads on tree branches, you name it), experiences that the narrator absolutely could not have seen (from a complete overview of a battle through the driver's slit to a -obviously weapon systems expert- civilian at the cellar of her home), sub-stories that read like out of a bad Hollywood script (the beautiful Russian prisoner who travels chained in the tank -like there's room for it there- or nurses exchanging sexual favors for cigarettes) - EVERYTHING about these books point to someone contemporary who has read up quite a bit and then fabricated some rather sick fantasy. Stay away!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Phil Geusz

    Every tank explodes when it's killed (most flip upside down), every escaping crewman is machine-gunned (except those individuals important to the highly-contrived "plot" centered around an attractive female Russian POW), every engagement is fought at an apocalyptic fever pitch that involves ramming. I don't doubt that an Eastern Front veteran might have seen most of what's in this book, but they didn't see it all at once in such a concentrated dose based on the dozens of other memoirs I've read. Every tank explodes when it's killed (most flip upside down), every escaping crewman is machine-gunned (except those individuals important to the highly-contrived "plot" centered around an attractive female Russian POW), every engagement is fought at an apocalyptic fever pitch that involves ramming. I don't doubt that an Eastern Front veteran might have seen most of what's in this book, but they didn't see it all at once in such a concentrated dose based on the dozens of other memoirs I've read. Others have noted the lack of identifying unit numbers and such; I believe this is a work about a series of battles that never happened. If you're a gore-junkie, read it. Otherwise don't bother. I give it two stars instead of one becasue at least the grammar and spelling are acceptable, something increasingly unusual today.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Guy

    This book totally lacks authenticity. What the author describes seeing from the viewing slit of a Tiger I tank is simply unbelievable. Descriptions of tanks being destroyed and the author seeing the crews inside tanks whose ammunition has exploded are just unreal. For some one who claims to have "been there", there is little unit detail or geographic detail. The discovery of a mobile SS brothel in full retreat complete with girls and velvet drapes.... The whole thing reaks of fantasy. I have read This book totally lacks authenticity. What the author describes seeing from the viewing slit of a Tiger I tank is simply unbelievable. Descriptions of tanks being destroyed and the author seeing the crews inside tanks whose ammunition has exploded are just unreal. For some one who claims to have "been there", there is little unit detail or geographic detail. The discovery of a mobile SS brothel in full retreat complete with girls and velvet drapes.... The whole thing reaks of fantasy. I have read a number of Eastern Front memoirs and this is not one.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Richard Cahn

    I have no doubt that the author was in a tank on the Eastern Front. I also have no doubt he sensationalized his experiences. I'm therefore left wondering what exactly I should take away from the book. As history or biography this book is fatally flawed.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Littlefoot

    Read this on the plane and got about three or four chapters in to realize I'd been had. The book is very clearly not a memoir and is instead a complete fan fiction. This is a shame considering the book is *strictly advertised* as a memoir, even with an "introduction" by the author at the beginning. The plot becomes unbelievable very quickly. I got off the plane and immediately checked to see if anyone had reviewed the authenticity of this thing, and found this comprehensive reddit post: https://ww Read this on the plane and got about three or four chapters in to realize I'd been had. The book is very clearly not a memoir and is instead a complete fan fiction. This is a shame considering the book is *strictly advertised* as a memoir, even with an "introduction" by the author at the beginning. The plot becomes unbelievable very quickly. I got off the plane and immediately checked to see if anyone had reviewed the authenticity of this thing, and found this comprehensive reddit post: https://www.reddit.com/r/AskHistorian...

  6. 5 out of 5

    Shaleen

    This book was a delightful read, do not get me wrong. But, it goes great lengths to make it more dramatic than any reality should. I for one feel that the Russian female prisoner and all that weird drama around her looks too fictional to be true, and there are some inherent technical inconsistencies plaguing the book throughout. I reiterate, it is definitely an engrossing, disturbing, and a gory read, but take the promised reality with a grain of salt. Rest assured, this is interspersed with the This book was a delightful read, do not get me wrong. But, it goes great lengths to make it more dramatic than any reality should. I for one feel that the Russian female prisoner and all that weird drama around her looks too fictional to be true, and there are some inherent technical inconsistencies plaguing the book throughout. I reiterate, it is definitely an engrossing, disturbing, and a gory read, but take the promised reality with a grain of salt. Rest assured, this is interspersed with the graphic blood loops in the air, the heads being blown off their stumps, blood splashing into the tank's vizor, head of your comrade rolling over by your side as if it were a golfball, and what bloodcurdling not. Go for it, if you do not mind the vividness of the somewhat sensationalized description.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Stephen Simpson

    Entertaining, in a pulpy, sordid sort of way ... But a memoir? This is as much a memoir of the Eastern Front as 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea was a memoir of undersea exploration and Starship Troopers was a memoir of U.S. space exploration. Don't get me wrong, fiction has its place in war stories and fictional "found memoirs" are a valid genre, but this one blurs the line too much between real memoir and "real memoir".

  8. 4 out of 5

    Scot McCollum

    Graphic As All Get Out...German escaping from the Russian Army I thought this book was a great read, graphic as all get out I believe that the stories presented realistically, what really happened to the Germans running from the Russian Army to try & surrender to the more hospitable Americans... Graphic As All Get Out...German escaping from the Russian Army I thought this book was a great read, graphic as all get out I believe that the stories presented realistically, what really happened to the Germans running from the Russian Army to try & surrender to the more hospitable Americans...

  9. 4 out of 5

    Cory

    War is hell. Chilling account and a great afternoon read.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Martin

    If Quentin Tarantino went through five or six German WWII Memoirs and boiled down all their action into a three day orgy of road movie/action flick, he might come close to the insanity of this book. Its billed as memoir, the writing of "Wolfgang Faust", who claims to have been a drive on the Easter Front- driving a Massive Tiger I, during the retreat of 1944-45. We start with a massive Tiger I versus Russian Stalin I battle- with lots of exploding tanks and burning buildings/bunkers. then the su If Quentin Tarantino went through five or six German WWII Memoirs and boiled down all their action into a three day orgy of road movie/action flick, he might come close to the insanity of this book. Its billed as memoir, the writing of "Wolfgang Faust", who claims to have been a drive on the Easter Front- driving a Massive Tiger I, during the retreat of 1944-45. We start with a massive Tiger I versus Russian Stalin I battle- with lots of exploding tanks and burning buildings/bunkers. then the survivors team up with some Hanomag Half-tracks full of Panzer Grenadiers and try to outrun a Soviet encirclement. There is a river to be reached and a bridge to be defended. Along the way there's a strange mystery female prisoner- and a crazy rescued Luftwaffe pilot turned gun-loader. It's an amazing read- but it rings amazingly false as memoir. There is not a single formal unit mentioned, not even the name of the "Kampfgruppe"(BattleGroup)Commander- and real German vets ALWAYS are proud of their exact unit- and the names of all the Battle Commanders they fought under. "Wolfgang Faust" is a tanker driver- down in the hull watching through a tiny protective armoured vision block- and yet he describes AERIAL WARFARE - Multiple competing Sturmovik and Stuka attacks- and DOGFIGHTS with Yak fighters- NO WAY he could see any of that. Two German Nurses suddenly appear- and then sexually service a dozen Panzer Grenadiers in return for their rations? The amount of utterly crazy stuff happening in the slim 130 page volume is just laughable as "History"- but might make a weak WWII graphic novel. With a lot of adult themes, a graphic injury every couple of pages, and zero grip on reality- this is a book for Junior reader over 13 who can tell fact from fiction. On the other hand- a Gamer/Modeller/Military Enthusiast will find a mixed bag. Nothing for the Enthusiast- as this is so crazy and fictional- but the Gamer and Modeller can find material for a possible series of Bolt Action/Flames of War/Battlegroup skirmishes, and/or a bunch of interesting Dioramas. The loose connection to reality is an impediment to enjoying this book- but not a total barrier. Read at your choice.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Bon Tom

    I just love it how some people can't accept the horror of the war. Actually, I adore it. The fact that there's so many total pussies in this world is good news for us ordinary cowards. This book doesn't give you a break from start to finish. The second of distraction and there's another body dismembered, decapitated, burnt, or tank blown to pieces. I'm also laughing at those "traveling brothels", one more thing some readers can't accept as real. How good idea it actually was. I mean, if the women I just love it how some people can't accept the horror of the war. Actually, I adore it. The fact that there's so many total pussies in this world is good news for us ordinary cowards. This book doesn't give you a break from start to finish. The second of distraction and there's another body dismembered, decapitated, burnt, or tank blown to pieces. I'm also laughing at those "traveling brothels", one more thing some readers can't accept as real. How good idea it actually was. I mean, if the women were consensual and adequately compensated for their trouble. It's war and people are dying all around (if they're lucky, in some cases). You as a soldier with uncertain odds to see the next sunrise, could profit generously from two things. Broth. And Brothels. One to soothe the soul, the other too warm the body. Or it's the other way round? Good title for the book anyway. Broth and Brothels.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Laurence

    Fast paced, well written, bloody and manic.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Edwin Lowe

    A Five Star Memoir of Fighting on the Eastern Front of World War Two!!! Wolfgang Faust's astonishing account of the Red Army's great offensive against the German Wehremact Panzar Corps in October 1943, entitled 'Tiger Tracks' is one of the most compeling books I have ever read. A personal description of the German Army's attempts to stem the tide of the Russian offensive advance that was driving them out of the Soviet Union and into Eastern Europe, This is combat writing at its most intense and u A Five Star Memoir of Fighting on the Eastern Front of World War Two!!! Wolfgang Faust's astonishing account of the Red Army's great offensive against the German Wehremact Panzar Corps in October 1943, entitled 'Tiger Tracks' is one of the most compeling books I have ever read. A personal description of the German Army's attempts to stem the tide of the Russian offensive advance that was driving them out of the Soviet Union and into Eastern Europe, This is combat writing at its most intense and unflinching. It’s a phenomenal memoir of tank warfare and the collapse of the Third Reich self proclaimed invincible Army., Further it is a testament to suffering and brutal death of troops suffered on all sides, while fighting on the Eastern Front of World War Two. Most historians agree that warfare on the Eastern Front was the most brutal, barbaric, and mercilless fighting in human history. Neither side gave or asked for quarter during the apocalyptic struggle that began in June 1941 and reached its bloody conclusion in the streets of Berlin, Germany in May 1945. During that nearly four year period at least three Million Germans were killed while the Red Army is estimated to have suffered more than ten Million dead!. Faust's account covers three days of the terrible fighting in October 1943. During that brief period, Faust unit went from twenty Tiger Tank, to the one Tiger that Faust drove. As a combat veteran I felt both shock and awe at the author's descriptions of combat. The narrative places the reader in the midst of the desperate fighting. There were battle descriptions that gave me pause as it dreged up old memories of combat's carnage and death, and I actually had to set the book aside, in order to collect myself! This book is not for those who have difficulty reading about man's inhumanity to man. However, it is an important book about the history of warfare, in that it lays bare the terrible nature of war and offers stark lessons about the futility, waste, suffering, and horror that makes war one of mankinds most eggregous and insane endeavors. This is a great book, a must read!

  14. 5 out of 5

    john

    Graphic descriptions of the horror of war I have found that most books written by the victorious side of wars are a sanitized and heroic version of any advent that took place. This is certainly not the case with this well written and descriptive book. The one overriding conclusion I reached after Reading this book. Is that you needed luck to survive fighting in Russia.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Andrew

    Good Lord, what a hellish and phenomenal read this was. I've little knowledge of the war on the Eastern front save for the broad brush strokes, so I'v no idea if this hellish account was embellished in any way, but it read true to me. The horror of the war to the German soldier, unaware that it was his actions that caused it, astonish me.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Rob Neyer

    Technically on the nose, this 1948 "book" is obviously a fabrication, with wildly lurid details that would have been right at home as a serialization in one of those 1950s "men's adventure" magazines with the colorful covers.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Andrew Taylor

    Gory, gory, gory Disappointing book. Reads like a graphic novel. Little historical content. Little technical detail...just blowing up tanks, burning people and implausible coincedences.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Ryan

    Essentially a fictional account, told from the perspective of a Tiger tank driver on the eastern front, of a few minor battles (company/regiment level actions) and a retreat. Fast paced, but not particularly well written.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Joan Peterson

    Power and protection The punishment absorbed by the tiger is amazing. The experience of the crews of these remarkable vehicles is mind blowing. I am glad it wasn't, my war.

  20. 5 out of 5

    harold e johnson

    Great book As a former tank commander the battles in the book describe tank warfare in its true form bloody, terrible and final

  21. 5 out of 5

    P Squires

    I don't believe a word of it! This book is marketed as the genuine memoirs of a tank crewman. It's more like a better Sven Hassel novel. Don't bother with it..

  22. 5 out of 5

    Miikka Lehtonen

    This book advertises itself as a memoir. It absolutely, positively is not. Even if you discount the fact that the book omits places, dates, unit identifiers and anything else you'd expect from a memoir or a book retelling historical events, it just doesn't read as anything approaching real life. I won't bother going into too much detail, because ultimately it doesn't matter. Just forget that this book is supposed to be historically accurate, don't even pretend "Wolfgang Faust" is a real person o This book advertises itself as a memoir. It absolutely, positively is not. Even if you discount the fact that the book omits places, dates, unit identifiers and anything else you'd expect from a memoir or a book retelling historical events, it just doesn't read as anything approaching real life. I won't bother going into too much detail, because ultimately it doesn't matter. Just forget that this book is supposed to be historically accurate, don't even pretend "Wolfgang Faust" is a real person or that the events in the book actually took place. Because as a book, Tiger Tracks is actually fairly entertaining. The book tells the story of a unit of Tiger tanks, or more accurately the crew of one of them. During a routine assault on the Eastern Front, they capture a seemingly low level female Soviet radio operator and take her as prisoner, figuring she will be able to reveal details about Soviet encryption and so on. The unit is forced to retreat in front of a massive Soviet counter-attack and continue to do so for the duration of the book. What follows is a bizarre war story of Soviet units tracking down this lone radio operator, brutally gory and action-packed combat scenes and lurid vignettes of frontier bordellos and god knows what else. The book is reasonably well written and quite short, so you'll be able to breeze through it in an evening or two. Don't bother if you want an actual war time memoir, because you seriously won't find anything approaching actual war experiences here. But if you're into a story of heavy tanks bouncing shells left and right, while firing like machine guns themselves, of turrets flying in the air while charred crew members scatter from it like flakes from a pepper shaker, or of penetrating shots dragging out decapitated tank commanders as they exit the tank's hull, you'll find plenty of that on offer.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Mac the Reader Marcus

    🌟🌟🌟 stars for the plot and action scenes, a single star for factual and historical inaccuracies. This being a book review and not at all about Texas, a lone star will not do. Also, perhaps the wagging of an admonishing finger for selling this as a panzer memoir, a true account - in the words of the author “nothing is invented or exaggerated” - of a panzer soldier of WW2, which is, well, a lie - I don’t know how to call it by any other name. There are Stalin tanks incongruously and anachronistical 🌟🌟🌟 stars for the plot and action scenes, a single star for factual and historical inaccuracies. This being a book review and not at all about Texas, a lone star will not do. Also, perhaps the wagging of an admonishing finger for selling this as a panzer memoir, a true account - in the words of the author “nothing is invented or exaggerated” - of a panzer soldier of WW2, which is, well, a lie - I don’t know how to call it by any other name. There are Stalin tanks incongruously and anachronistically appearing in October 1943 and to add insult to injury with a 122mm gun that according to Mr. Faust fired several shells per minute. When in fact that particular main gun used two-piece ammunition with a correspondingly low rate of fire which was more like one round every couple of minutes. Furthermore, Mr Faust never identifies the unit he was fighting with, and locations are only vaguely described. From what I gather, he IMAGINES his Tiger panzer unit was engaged in the battles for the bridgeheads of the Dnieper river which happened around fall to winter 43/44. However, he wants to make us believe that his Tiger unit was an army unit; when it had to have been a SS Schwere Panzer Abteiling. Now, Mr. Faust did get quite a few things right; he was clearly an avid reader of the “Tiger Panzerfibel” and a variety of other German soldier accounts of WW2. So, Mr. Faust and publishers why did you have to lie? If you had sold this as fiction and not as a memoir I would have no beef with you.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Craig DiLouie

    TIGER TANKS by Wolfgang Faust tells the story of a two-day operation as experienced by the driver of a Tiger I tank during WW2 on the grinding Eastern Front. The book is short and virtually without plot. The tanks advance, fight, withdraw, fight, defend a bridge. That being said, the descriptions of tank combat are incredible. If you like military fiction, particularly the WW2 kind, it’s a gripping read. Gory and brutal. The book is somewhat controversial. It is purported to have been written as a TIGER TANKS by Wolfgang Faust tells the story of a two-day operation as experienced by the driver of a Tiger I tank during WW2 on the grinding Eastern Front. The book is short and virtually without plot. The tanks advance, fight, withdraw, fight, defend a bridge. That being said, the descriptions of tank combat are incredible. If you like military fiction, particularly the WW2 kind, it’s a gripping read. Gory and brutal. The book is somewhat controversial. It is purported to have been written as a memoir of a tank driver and originally published in Germany in the 1940s. However, the events in the story beggar belief. Many negative reviews challenge the authenticity of the book on a variety of technical and historical details. Wolfgang Faust is a pseudonym. I found TIGER TRACKS hard to believe as a memoir but an entirely engrossing tale of tank warfare. Check it out of if you enjoy action-packed war fiction.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Pete

    Tiger Tracks (1948) by Wolfgang Faust is a fake WWII memoir about a tank battle on the Eastern Front. It's frenetic and incredibly bloody. The death toll is enormous. War crimes are committed frequently by both sides. It is savage. Whoever wrote Tiger Tracks clearly knew quite a bit about tanks and was possibly actually in the war, but the actual story includes historical mistakes and the author sees an improbable amount of things up close. The book is interesting historically because somehow it w Tiger Tracks (1948) by Wolfgang Faust is a fake WWII memoir about a tank battle on the Eastern Front. It's frenetic and incredibly bloody. The death toll is enormous. War crimes are committed frequently by both sides. It is savage. Whoever wrote Tiger Tracks clearly knew quite a bit about tanks and was possibly actually in the war, but the actual story includes historical mistakes and the author sees an improbable amount of things up close. The book is interesting historically because somehow it was published, but it's worth noting that the action is what is all against the Soviets, perhaps by the late 1940s it was seen as valuable anti-Soviet material. Nonetheless it's not a bad read. Something of the feel of the horror of the carnage of intense mechanised warfare comes through.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Alex

    It's about WWII OST Front, but it reads like something like from Michael Bay movie. Lots and lots of gory depictions, cruelty and brutality. not for the faint-hearted. but in another tough its Russia baby, so I guess I was expecting it. but not that much... in all good read, there is some out of place facts from the book. like the JS-2 shooting like maniacs every couple of seconds, from what I read the JS-2 needs to lower it's turret after every shot to reload. since the turret is huge relative to It's about WWII OST Front, but it reads like something like from Michael Bay movie. Lots and lots of gory depictions, cruelty and brutality. not for the faint-hearted. but in another tough its Russia baby, so I guess I was expecting it. but not that much... in all good read, there is some out of place facts from the book. like the JS-2 shooting like maniacs every couple of seconds, from what I read the JS-2 needs to lower it's turret after every shot to reload. since the turret is huge relative to the chassis. there is no clear indication of battle location. I don't think every Tiger shot the T32 get's separated from its turret, but from the book description it is. every hollow point bullet will make the person explode ?! huh

  27. 5 out of 5

    Hans Brienesse

    This book makes no pretensions, it is what it says it is: one German tank driver's view of combat on the Eastern Front. Not a gigantic overview but just one small battle of many small battles to hold a bridgehead. And the tale is told well; full, frank, and perhaps subject to the effects of a memory reliving the horrors of combat barely a year since his participation. I can well see why the account was not favourably received initially by a populace trying to forget the devastating effects of To This book makes no pretensions, it is what it says it is: one German tank driver's view of combat on the Eastern Front. Not a gigantic overview but just one small battle of many small battles to hold a bridgehead. And the tale is told well; full, frank, and perhaps subject to the effects of a memory reliving the horrors of combat barely a year since his participation. I can well see why the account was not favourably received initially by a populace trying to forget the devastating effects of Total War but it was necessary to both cleanse this soldier's mind and point out the acts of combat in a completely unsanitised way. A recommended read.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Rob Scahill

    Horrific This gripping sorry is not a pleasant read. The violence starts almost immediately and doesn’t finish until the end. It paints an apocalyptic picture of the utter horror and desperation of war. But it is a very good book, it is written well and simply. It makes it possible to imagine yourself in the shoes of the author as he describes those few days of hell, but why would you want to? There is nothing glamorous about war, it is futile and wasteful, and this book couldn’t do much more to Horrific This gripping sorry is not a pleasant read. The violence starts almost immediately and doesn’t finish until the end. It paints an apocalyptic picture of the utter horror and desperation of war. But it is a very good book, it is written well and simply. It makes it possible to imagine yourself in the shoes of the author as he describes those few days of hell, but why would you want to? There is nothing glamorous about war, it is futile and wasteful, and this book couldn’t do much more to prove that.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Timothy Woods

    Engaging Read About The Desperate Carnage of War From beginning to end this is the very description of fighting within the life & limb desperation of war. One side pressing the attack with superior numbers yet with reckless abandon and little concern for their own safety. The other side outgunned and outnumbered but fighting with this same reckless abandon. The descriptions of the carnage, imho, suggest embellishment of what could have been seen from the tank viewer plate. However, it works in or Engaging Read About The Desperate Carnage of War From beginning to end this is the very description of fighting within the life & limb desperation of war. One side pressing the attack with superior numbers yet with reckless abandon and little concern for their own safety. The other side outgunned and outnumbered but fighting with this same reckless abandon. The descriptions of the carnage, imho, suggest embellishment of what could have been seen from the tank viewer plate. However, it works in order to drive home the brutal and cruel events.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Adam

    This book is intense. Absolutely sickening, vulgar and vile but that's what war is. I can't imagine what it would have been like to fight against the Russians in World War II on the Eastern front but I do know they hated each other. Would kill each other if ever given the chance. So this book about Wolfgang Faust's time as a tank driver really leaves me feeling winded. But did the events really happen as told? Seems a bit over the top and inconceivable but I wasn't there to know. Regardless, rea This book is intense. Absolutely sickening, vulgar and vile but that's what war is. I can't imagine what it would have been like to fight against the Russians in World War II on the Eastern front but I do know they hated each other. Would kill each other if ever given the chance. So this book about Wolfgang Faust's time as a tank driver really leaves me feeling winded. But did the events really happen as told? Seems a bit over the top and inconceivable but I wasn't there to know. Regardless, read this book for a glimpse into the lives of those fighting in World War II

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