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Michael Wittmann and the Waffen SS Tiger Commanders of the Leibstandarte in WWII: v. 2 (Stackpole Military History) [Paperback]

Patrick Agte
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1 Oct 2006 Stackpole Military History
Michael Wittmann was by far the most famous tank ace on any side in World War II, destroying 138 enemy tanks and 132 anti-tank guns with his Tiger. This classic of armoured 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 Two follows Michael Wittmann and his unit into Normandy to defend against the Allied invasion. A week after D-Day, Wittmann achieved his greatest success. On June 13, 1944, near Villers Bocage, the panzer ace and his crew attacked a British armoured unit, single-handedly destroying more than a dozen tanks and preventing an enemy breakthrough. The exploit made Wittmann a national hero in Germany and a legend in the annals of war. He was killed two months later while attempting to repulse an Allied assault.

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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Stackpole Books (1 Oct 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811733351
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811733359
  • Product Dimensions: 22.8 x 15.3 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 82,228 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Knights of steel and fire. 3 Jan 2012
By Monthy
Format:Paperback
A surprisingly detailed historical account of some very brave men. The combination of modern German panzer technology and tried servicemen with experience, guts and coolness under fire against overwhelming odds. The book leaves you to wonder what these soldiers could have achieved with sound leadership and adequate resources.
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5.0 out of 5 stars War 8 Oct 2009
Format:Paperback
A very interesting book with the inevitable ending for a proffessional soldier regardless of who he served with.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Wittmann 30 Jan 2010
Format:Paperback
Mr Agte reproduces heavily the German state propaganda of the time relating to Michael Wittmann , this should be borne in mind when reading his book.
The hard back is a larger format book , very well produced and heavily illustrated , again with many propaganda photos along side a huge number of private photographs which must have come from the Wittmann family , these photos show Wittmann the family man ( although still in uniform).
The book covers not only Wittmann but the other tank commanders of his unit , it is a useful book but it is worth keeping Wittmann in the context of his times and not allowing any aspect of "hero worship" blinding the reader to legend and the influence of "Tiger phobia".

Is the hard back worth the money - I do doubt it , hugely expensive and the paperback would in the long run be more worth while.

Wittmann's grave will continue to be the most visited grave in Normandy but how many who visit think of the other men buried with him ?
A good book but one written with rose tinted glasses .
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By nigels
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This book is for those who have or would like to have a detailed understanding of how a tiger battalion worked. It is so detailed ,where every person is mentioned by name and rank constantly. It is not just about the fighting but all aspects of their organisation. It is more factual than a social history, so for some it may be a bit dry. If you are interested in Tigers in wwII this is a book for you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Historical Book 5 Nov 2011
By M. Ives
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A great book on the life of a great man in terrible times. Not only that, but a good historical reference book which certainly casts a new light on certain 'allied' version of events. History is always written by the victor they say; its nice to know that sometimes the defeated can often throw a spanner in the works too!
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