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Publisher's Summary

Wolfgang Faust was the driver of a Tiger I tank with the Wehrmacht Heavy Panzer Battalions, seeing extensive combat action on the Eastern Front in 1943-45. This memoir is his brutal and deeply personal account of the Russian Front's appalling carnage.

Depicting a running tank engagement lasting 72 hours, Faust describes how his Tiger unit fought pitched battles in the snows of Western Russia against the full might of the Red Army: the T34s, the Stalin tanks, the Sturmovik bombers, and the feared Katyusha rocket brigades. His astonishing testimony reveals the merciless decisions that panzer crews made in action, the devastating power of their weaponry, and the many ways that men met their deaths in the snow and ice of the Ostfront.

First published in the late 1940s, this memoir's savage realism shocked the postwar German public. Some were outraged at the book's final scenes while others wrote that "now, at last, I know what our men did in the East".

Today it stands as one of the great semiautobiographical accounts of warfare in World War II - a crescendo of horror, grim survival, and a fatalistic acceptance of the panzer man's destiny.

Originally published in the German Federal Republic as Panzerdammerung (Panzer Twilight).

The only other surviving memoir by this author is The Last Panther - an astonishing account of panzer warfare in the final hours of the Third Reich.

©2015 The Estate of Wolfgang Faust; Bayern Classic Publications (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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Great book.

One of the best accounts of war I have either read or listened to; comparable to Chickenhawk by Robert Mason. Authentic style with a gritty blow by blow commentary of a German Tiger crewman fighting against the odds. The only down side is I wanted the story to keep going to find out what happens between the end of this book and the start of the following book; The Last Panther. Well recommended to anyone interested in a factual insight intoWW11 from the German perspective, armoured vehicles or military history enthusiasts.

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very entertaining in a gritty well wrote story <br />

deafinatly get this book for an action packed well written story, deafinatly worth it! (if u like a bit of mild gore)

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fantastic

think of that tank movie Fury but much better and more realistic. well highlights the incredible struggle on the eastern front, with great detail and description. I highly recommend.

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Awesome

awesome story with very, very detailed descriptions. It's hard to imagine being part of this history.

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Full of action

Very enjoyable. Took a little while to become hooked as a plot gradually starts to develop and the characters grow on you and become likeable. Lots of violence and vehicle vs vehicle duels to the death. Not sure if its a true account. At times felt as though Mathew Reiley wrote this after watching Cross of Iron.

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Pure Fantasy

It would be technically impossible for a Tiger driver to see all that Faust describes. Other inaccuracies as well. Still, a rollicking yarn of the horror of war.

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highly recommended if you're interested in WW2.

excellent story great performance it's really could be a movie. very highly recommended for people interested in World War 2

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Panzer Marche!

Entertaining tale of tank warfare on the Eastern Front - but unlikely to be an authentic story.

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Not a memoir....

This is not a memoir. It reads out like a movie. If you want a true story try, First Light by Geoffrey Wellum

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