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This review is from: Michael Wittmann and the Waffen SS Tiger Commanders of the Leibstandarte in WWII: v. 2 (Stackpole Military History) (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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Initial post: 7 Jan 2011 08:29:37 GMT
San ai Baoluo says:
Legendary boxers - how many think about their battered, vanquished opponents. You are forgetting one fundamental thing here - that was war and all those he killed were trying to kill him.
In reply to an earlier post on 26 Nov 2012 16:00:07 GMT
R. Stewart says:
A good point , I have been over to Normandy annually for the past five years and have been over the areas in which MW fought and in terms of ar and people shooting at MW that is taken as read.
MW was an accomplished tanker and when you see the cemeteries in Normandy , especially la cambe the attrition of Normandy is very hard to escape and this was not lost on me when I was reading Agate's book.
Michael Reynolds "Steel Inferno" does address your point in full , he gives a good account of what Normandy was to SS panzer troops committed to the region
Posted on 16 Jan 2013 14:32:29 GMT
P. Markham says:
Ten years ago on a little war tour with the wife we found the spot Wittmanns tank caught it(the crops in the field by the old road still cannot grow there)you can stop and look,as the new road runs along side the old one.It was looking at history
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