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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Stackpole Books,U.S.; New Ed edition (15 Jan. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811729117
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811729116
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 15.2 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
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Otto Carius won the Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves for his bravery and leadership during WWII.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Siko on 25 Feb. 2010
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Otto Carius was a hugely successful Tiger commander, principally on the eastern front and this is his story.

As other reviewers have said, he can come across as matter of fact at times, rather than excited and emotional when in highly stressful encounters. However, this doesn't spoil things for me and I find that he comes across as authentically highly professional and coolly collected, for the level of experience and the huge success he had.

This is a really enjoyable read if you have any interest in tank combat in ww2 and the translation gives a really good account of the original. In a similar way to "The Forgotten Soldier", Carius leaves you with the same sense of panic from his few troops facing down the Russian hordes, although in his case it his hordes of tanks ! What is also good to see in the back of the book is lots of copies of his various decorations, awards, certificates etc and their english translations. This is a fantastic resource and the best personal account of the Panzer corps yet written.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Antique Chris on 18 Sept. 2010
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This excellent book details in great depth the combat experience of Otto Carius (Knights Cross and Oak Leaves winner), perhaps one of the less well known Tiger Tank commanders, but clearly someone in the same league as Michael Wittmann, only an army officer in this case, rather than a Waffen SS one and, perhaps, most importantly, one who actually survived the war and kept his diaries and photograph albums intact, with which this book was produced. Heartily recommended for any serious student of German armour (in the sense of tank forces) in WW2.
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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Frank Bierbrauer on 29 April 2007
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"Tigers in the Mud" is a wonderful volume written by Otto Carius on his military career during WWII, mostly his action as commander of a company of Tigers(Tiger I). Most of the action takes place on the Eastern Front against the Russians although there is a brief excerpt against the Americans where he commanded Jadgtigers.

His accounts of the the individual actions is very interesting as well as the atmosphere of being surrounded by reliable comrades. Throughout he describes his interaction with men he had to rely upon and their deep comradeship. He doesn't fail to mention some people who really had no idea of what they were doing or those who did but simply couldn't get on with the men under their command. He also points out some of the aspects of military action as practised by the Germans and the Russians. Whereas there were never very many Tigers available at any time, and so their use was carefully orchestrated so that losses were kept to a minimum, the Russians tended to throw T-34's into action quickly and without concern as to losses. It demonstrates why he had so much success fighting the Russians in comparison to their success against his tanks. Nonetheless he never fails to say when things went awry due to basic mistakes in comand or just simple errors during combat.

It also becomes clear that even in late 1943 and early 1944 it was still possible for the Luftwaffe to maintain air superiority on the Eastern front. The kind of massed bombing carried out by the US and Britain in the west was never practised by the Russians to the same extent even though the size of their airforce was greatly superior to the Germans. Mind you the Russians never had access to the superb P-51 Mustang whereas the Germans had the Focke Wulf 190.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 20 Sept. 2012
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Tigers in the Mud is by now a relatively famous books about the military career of Otto Carius written by the man himself some 15 years after the war. Unlike many biographies this is a book in his own words and based on lots of documents, correspondence and photographs collected (and saved) by the author throughout his war years. Some parts of the book are fascinating insights and there are lots of little facts that jump out at the reader, but the translation of the original German text is a little clumsy and makes this a hard book to read.

The action in the book is almost exclusively set on the Eastern Front facing the Russians (referred to as 'Ivan' throughout), although in the latter chapters he is posted to the west facing the Americans. Much of the action is described in a very matter of fact way which is both refreshingly clear but also on occasion frustratingly lacking in detail. Some scenes for instance are described almost like an After Action Report so while this is a very informative book the reader doesn't get the full experience of the sights, sounds, smells like one does in other biographies. Having said that one of the best chapters 'Portrait of the Tiger' does reveal the physical discomforts and difficulties of fighting in the Panzer VI.

One of the big faults with the book in my opinion is the translation which I often found a little hard to read. Some paragraphs read like a bunch of unrelated sentences dragged together and there was little narrative flow to most of the chapter's. Some of the translations also used English phrases and colloquialisms which just didn't sound right coming from a German officer and made reading some sections disconcertingly unbalanced.
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