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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 28 October 2013
A very detaild account of a german battalion in World War Two. It is more of a factual account of the men and the organisation than a social history. About half the book is about their actions and half about non fighting events,movements and organisation.As I am very interested in German WWII Assaullt Guns and Tanks this book ticks all the boxes for me.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
This is the first account I read on Waffen SS Tank troops. It surely is a detailed account of Wittmann's exploits, you almost get a day to day account of his where abouts and with whom he spoke that day. What lets the book down a bit is the fact that many parts in the book are mentioned more than once. Part 1 contains a whole section that re/occurs about 10 pages later in full.
I only read part 1 and only pick up part 2 if it's in the bargain bin.
Nevertheless, I found this book provides you with insight in how these soldiers went to war and how the tank units were built up. It also contains many previously unseen pictures from personal archives.
Personally I prefer Otto Carius' own account a more pallatble read than this book.(also by Stackpole)
Last but not least, I appreciate the fact that more and more of these accounts from the Axis side of WW II become available in English language.
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on 14 January 2015
There are a couple of issues with this book. First of all, it has no real structure, no real focus. Dry descriptions of facts (the division went here, did that, moved there), interspersed with personal accounts, and -unnecessarily- lively descriptions of heroic actions. It's an absolute mismatch of styles; sometimes dry, sometimes lyrical (like Kurt Sametreiter's exploits; could have come directly from a German propaganda-outlet).
The second, more problematic part is the whitewashing of the war, and Wittman's person. Reading this you will have an impression of some boy scouts having a field trip -only with tanks added. Everyone is pleasant, the Germans have excellent and loving relationship with the Ukrainians/Russians; you will have an idealized, quite unreal image of Wittman himself. The author cannot stop himself singing odes to him, yet we learn nothing in substance about the man himself, only what you might be reading in some German newspaper describing the hero of the Reich. I'd expect some actual information about him, after all he IS in the title. Him being an ardent Nazi is somehow forgotten, for example. So are the atrocities committed by both the German armed forces in general, and by the Leibstandarte in particular.
So I don't know what to make of this book. It's not a history book, and it's not a biography. But it does seem to be a bit selective in reporting the events on the Eastern Front.
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on 10 July 2014
delivered on time a well written book from the german point of view which takes you to the battles of normandy inside of one of the greatest tanks ever built and the most feared tank of all time the tiger
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on 24 July 2014
Wonderful detail but feels like the writing hasn't been checked so that same stories pop up several times over and again and the timeline seems a bit blurred.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 5 November 2011
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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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 30 December 2011
Covers much more than just the ascendancy of Michael Wittman; includes evolution of the Tiger Tank and tactics for its deployment in battle.
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4 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 24 January 2011
I came across the grave of Michael Wittman on a cold wet morning in Normandy
in October 2010,their were 21,000 graves in this German resting place but i was drawn to the far right hand side where their seemed to be a lot of people standing at this one grave stone.
Hear was this stone on the grass with Michael Wittmans Name on it.
I asked a few people who was Michael Wittman,i needed to find out more,
On my return from France i looked up his history then went online to Amerzon to find a book on his life.
Michael Wittman and the Waffen SS Tiger Commanders WWII Vol one.
What a great book and What a leader of men,all country's have then, their is good and bad in us all.
Normandy June 6th 1944 must be rememberd by us all we owe our lives to this action
thank you for asking me to review this item M.H.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 22 May 2010
I have read " Mchael Wittman and the Waffen ss by Patric Agte , volume 1 and 2 .

I can heighly recomend it .It is wery vell written , and Patrick A. come`s around the subjekt in fasinating and eksiting vay .
My best rating`s .
Mikael Sams , Denmark .
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on 22 September 2014
Good read.
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