Book Review: Tigers in the Mud by Otto Carius

Picked this one (Tigers in the Mud: The Combat Career of German Panzer Commander Otto Carius) up on a whim a couple months ago. Otto Carius is one of the most famous/decorated tank commanders in history. In WWII he led a group of Tiger tanks for Germany.

The book is his journal of some of his time at the Eastern Front, and later back in Germany as it fell to the American forces coming from the West.

Most of the recollections are very personal and somewhat sanitized compared to the larger (and uglier) views of  Stalingrad: The Fateful Siege by Antony Beevor and The Fall of Berlin 1945. Both of those books are highly recommended.

One notable take-away from the book is that it lends strong credence to the argument that after the Allies invaded Europe on D-Day, they were in large part performing mop-up duty against a German force that was heavily depleted and all but already defeated by the Soviets.

Related links:
Let’s Bury These Phony Myths About World War II by Eric Margolis
Book Review: Stalingrad: The Fateful Siege by Antony Beevor
Book Review: The Fall of Berlin 1945
BigLee’s Miniature Adventures: Tigers in the Mud
Tigers in the Mud: The Combat Career of German Panzer Commander Otto Carius – Google Books