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Panzer Ace

The Memoirs of an Iron Cross Panzer Commander from Barbarossa to Normandy
Narrated by: Nigel Patterson
Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
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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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Fabulous story!

This was a great story and the narrator rant did it justice. I thoroughly loved listening and found myself wanting to listen to it all the time

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A compelling insight and a unique piece of history

Some other reviewers complain about the lack of description of combat, but that feels like demanding someones personal history be turned into a video game for entertainment purposes.

Like many other German histories, theirs a strong claim to innocence in relation to National Socialism. I'm starting to wonder if there were any Nazi's in WW2. But that aside, his recounting of the training and daily routine of a Panzer unit is compelling.

If you are a military history buff looking for something quite different to the ordinary, you need to read this one.

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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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  • Anonymous User
  • 24-07-2018

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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  • D.A. Nygaard
  • 23-07-2018

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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  • Gabriel
  • 04-01-2019

Not what I expected

You would figure that a tanker who experienced front line tank combat on two fronts would present a memoir that would be full of battlefield specifics, unique battle descriptions, details of tank operations, descriptions of tank particulars, etc. None of that is really in this book. Apart from a detailed recitation of an early Eastern Front close call where his tank was disabled and he had to hide out from Russians for a couple days, this book is written as more of an outline of places visited and battle outcomes. There are absolutely no descriptions of how the tiger tank actually worked, or how the King Tiger crew did what they did. Battles are included as an afterthought. Most of the book involves name dropping of buddies and commanders known to the author and an overview of where his unit fought. The book is written in a very old-fashioned and stilted manner. Russian attack? "Unpleasant." Russian rocket attack? "Very unpleasant." "Elbow almost blown off?" "Very, very unpleasant"

The greatest detail in the book involves the continuous efforts of the Germans to tow swamp stuck tanks or disabled tanks. I think the author is most proud of his accomplishments in towing various expensive tanks out of soft mud or because of damaged engines or tracks. Towards the end of the book, it seems the only thing the Wehrmacht was doing was towing tanks to safety. Seriously, if you have a tank towing fetish, this is the book of your dreams!

To be fair, for hardcore WW2 buffs like me, it's not a horrible book because there are tidbits of info (mostly about towing tanks) I learned about, but if you're looking for the German version of Brad Pitt's "Fury," this isn't it.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 21-08-2018

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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  • Rodman
  • 18-03-2019

no action<br />

could not finish this book, very slow and with really no theme. I finally gave up and returned it about half way through it.

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  • wbiro
  • 12-03-2019

Not the Best Memoir Out There, but Good

Many fascinating details from an individual's perspective. WWII is a mood thing now, and there are a lot of memoirs out there now from individuals on all sides.

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  • Michael Gawlinski
  • 18-01-2019

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Good if you want the common German soldiers perspective with a minimum of 'political' comments

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  • Tom H.
  • 08-01-2019

BORING!

Wordy and boring.
Almost put me to sleep.
Which is dangerous while driving.
No excitement.

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  • U352
  • 04-01-2019

Incredible

The perspective of an army on the move in the east and all the particulars that go into supporting them. Amazing

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  • Anonymous User
  • 29-11-2018

Interesting perspective

not a lot of detail but that's understandable, considering he wrote it late in life.

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  • slick0074
  • 03-08-2018

Amazing!

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

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  • Justin barker
  • 19-03-2019

great author great insight

have read most ww2 worth reading and this book is up there with the best

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  • Maria
  • 22-02-2019

Incomplete

Much left unsaid. Much edited. BUT..... yet it retains a sense of honesty of its depiction of a tank man's war and its daily pressures.
I enjoyed this book and would recommend it if it is to be read as just that. The author is what he is and to his credit doesn't try to hide his background, prejudices and his arrogance borne of a privileged family.
A remarkable man who lived through remarkable times.

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  • G Marshall
  • 30-01-2019

Gripping & Eye Opening Account of Panzer Warfare

Well written account of a young tank commander during WW2.. The harsh realities of war are well told in a book that I couldn't put down.