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Publisher's Summary

Richard Freiherr von Rosen was a highly decorated Wehrmacht soldier and outstanding panzer commander. After serving as a gunlayer on a Pz.Mk.III during Barbarossa, he led a company of Tigers at Kursk. Later he led a company of King Tiger panzers at Normandy and in late 1944 commanded a battle group (12 King Tigers and a flak company) against the Russians in Hungary in the rank of junior, later senior lieutenant (from November 1944, his final rank). Only 489 of these King Tiger tanks were ever built. They were the most powerful heavy tanks to see service, and only one kind of shell could penetrate their armor at a reasonable distance. Every effort had to be made to retrieve any of them bogged down or otherwise immobilized, which led to many towing adventures.

The author has a fine memory and eye for detail. His account is easy to listen to and not technical, and adds substantially to the knowledge of how the German Panzer Arm operated in the Second World War.

©2017 Verlagshaus Würzburg GmbH & Co. KG; English language translation copyright 2018 by Greenhill Books; Robert Forczyk foreword copyright 2018 by Greenhill Books (P)2018 Tantor

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terrific insight from the German side

I'm not sure why so many people don't want to hear bother sides of this amazing and tragic story. I love to hear the other side story in any conflict as one can not truly understand the conflict unless you hear both sides. The victor always writes the story and everybody buys it. I'm not that guy. It's well written and much respect goes out to the German soldiers, well most of them anyhow.

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First Person Warrior Story

As the book summary states, Panzer Ace is the first-person account of a soldier caught up by and thrown into the second world war. The book was composed in 2012, apparently from his personal journals. In Panzer Ace the reader rides along in German tanks invading Russia and fruitlessly trying to hold back the overwhelming material advantage of the Western allies. The story concludes in a Tiger tank fighting Russians in Hungary and then Austria before the wounded soldier's final battle against the bitter French occupation. Here is an account of actual industrial warfare--inhumane and indifferent. Here, too, is the story of the comradeship that perhaps only soldiers can know; because they've seen into the abyss ... and lived ~

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great read!

loved it! great book for anyone interested in world war 2 from the other sides point of view. very much enjoyed this book.

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Great Book

This book is a great insight into German perspective in WWII. It's very eye opening.

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Fast Moving

Nigel Patterson brings this story to life with superb telling of the story. Good book from the German perspective.

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George

A book I would describe as simply good. Not flattening however. I hoped to find more details on German tanks and there were few. It was more of a life of a German officer at war story.

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If you love armor or war memoirs you’ll love this.

This book is fantastic. Up there with Tigers in the mud, blood red snow, and Forgotten Solider. I’m comparing it to these as those are other Axis view point memoirs. Get it, you’ll enjoy it.

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very good

an epic tale of survival. very well written. will read again. a great historical reference too.

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if you want to hear this guy shoot up our tanks?

It's not really that bad, but let's remember that he was not on our side.

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  • slick0074
  • 08-03-18

Amazing!

I really enjoyed this one, good story and interesting facts.
Liked hearing from a German perspective.

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  • Hamish
  • 08-10-18

Outstanding Account of the Panzer War.

Great book that offered some interesting insights. It had a little more detail than many accounts which are just too big picture, though perhaps still not quite enough. Pretty well balanced though.

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