Tiger Tracks - The Classic Panzer Memoir

By Wolfgang Faust

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★ ★ ★ ★ ★
gabrielle dilorenzo
I liked the book alot. Made me feel that I was really there in the war.
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michael baughan
Another great book about war and the death destruction that the Germans brought upon so many
people.
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naila matheson
A very informative read, giving great insight of the Tank crews daily life and the brutality of the war.
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★ ★ ★ ★ ★
stephenie st hilaire
Got this book on my Kindle and read it in one day, easy to follow and read. Author tells the story of his adventure as a tank driver in a tiger tank on the Russian front during WW2. Very vivid action plot during the battles as witnessed through the drivers scope. Talks about his action against many Russian tanks and his luck of survival. One plot in the story is his capture of a Russian female officer and her connection with the tank crew. Interesting read and recommended to anyone wanting to read about a German tank driver in WW2. Very interesting read
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
dyaa yassen
A reminder how gruesome tank battles were on the eastern front. It's truly a miracle how anyone survived that war.
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megan roberts
Uninteresting, full of gruesome carnage story recounted by a panzer crew member in the soviet front.
Doesnt reads well and didnt enjoy it all...
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
anthony fiorenzo
Incredible read of how the panzer crews worked. It's remarkable that any of them lived. I highly recommend both books written by Faust.
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sue mckeown
Surprisingly good! Some of the best action narrative I have read. He only covers a short period, one battle, one tank and does it superbly.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
marwa wafeeq
Should be made into a movie!!!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
phil cooper
Fast moving with a lot of action. Interesting to get the other sides feelings.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
michelle henderson
Informative read and gives a first hand view of battle from the inside of a Tiger tank.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
kim chadwick
Very well done and extremely compelling... never a dull moment & very realistic!
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saheli
As others have pointed out, this book is most likely faked. Much of it is inaccurate: tanks that didn't exist yet are attacking the Germans. Much of it is fantastic: a female Russian cypher clerk joins the race back to Germany and she just happens to speak German. And most bizarre of all: they encounter two beautiful German nurses stranded on the Russian step just longing to relieve the boys of any tension they might have. It reads like a bad Hollywood movie.
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betty townley
he put his heart on the book . Lived personally each moment ,
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
kerry grogan
This was interesting for some one r re moved from this by 70 years. But well worth reading.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
cezarina
Not terribly well written but gives a lot of insight to the excitement and horrors of both tank warfare and the terrible carnage that was the Eastern Front.
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dani meehan
Hair raising.
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kerry
Great first hand account. Felt like I was on the eastern front ! Rich with detail.
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tammy b
Looking forward for another story
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ilene prusher
Puts you right in the thick of the battle!! Loved it one of those to read over and over again
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
kevin jung
Very personal account of the German war on he Eastern Front. I am glad we never had to fight the Russians during the Cold War!
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
afrojapchick
Seldom heard point of view of WWII. Captured the true feelings of the soldier "in the trenches", just doing what he is told and hoping to survive. No sugar coating.
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neal
Well done, but old.
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steken
Liked the book just wish it had some maps to reference
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
sss phung
Impresive narrative of actual combat situations, extremely vivid
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
j j metsavana
Very good book
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renea
Very good read. High interest non stop.
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mahalia m
As a former tank commander the battles in the book describe tank warfare in its true form bloody, terrible and final
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
nate marcel
Great book, shapes what it may have been like to be there.
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andrew carter
A reveling acount
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amanda farmer
Some readers complain that there is no way the author could have observed all of the details provided in his descriptions of tank warfare on the eastern front, and some go so far as to refute that the author ever actually served in the panzer corps. Despite this criticism, whether valid or not, this book is highly readable; I finished the book in about two days, and enjoyed it very much. I would recommend this book to armchair historians interested in Germany's Wehrmacht in WWII.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
chase steely
Gritty, graphic insight into the dynamics of a Panzer crew on the Eastern Front.
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ravie13
Very gritty, well told story.
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leslie adams
It was honest (brutally so), detailed and easy to read. Very interesting to read about this war from the German perspective, especially when it is based on the Eastern Front.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
leska
This is one of the more shocking books I have read about WW II - simply couldn't put it down - a shame it was too short
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
kathryn sherry
The eastern front in raw form.
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ismailfarag
Amaizing! A crude first-person story by a tiger's driver, in the battles of Russia 1943.
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praphul
A gripping account of a major battle on the Eastern front by a WW2 German tank driver. Unclear whether this is a novelized account or not.
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nada amin
Unbelievable
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jennifer blaine
Puts you inside a tiger tank, I can almost smell the smoke, petrol, fluids sweat and blood. Experience how it is inside this tank in the middle of the battlefield
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toni
Probably more fiction than non, but a riveting read. I enjoyed it thoroughly.
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rishi dhanda
For the price a decent read.
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martin
Good read
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phyllis
Gripping and well written
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james newman
It's a really great story, and does a great job of telling some of the real things that happened.
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george
I like Faust ' writing a lot!
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paul park
I could not put this book down!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
lella
Amazing insights into combat on the Eastern Front. A must read for any WWII buff.
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bwebster5cox net
Good for fiction.
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hila
Best account of tank warfare I have ever read. Non stop action!
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jade
Excellent graphic details. Savage battle recollections and well told in the first person.
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jimmy phillip
A fantastic but very brutal look at the Eastern Front!
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
barbara curran
Reasonably fresh stories and technical information on the 'Tiger' and it's variants. Recommended for the beginner or moderate reader interested on the topic.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
racialfields
Really found it historically fascinating. SUCH A Different viewpoint
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
chinami
Very graphic and matter of fact accounts of life on the Eastern Front form the perspective of a Tiger Panzer tank driver. This sometimes reads like a movie script full of intrigue and action. The violence is very matter of fact and while descriptive it is written to give the reader an understanding of what the crew saw and felt. In some ways it seems the writer wants to justify the atrocities or at the very least counter with a revenge motive due to what was perpetrated against them. The story line with the Russian prisoner is pretty incredulous but interesting none the less. Good read with some battle tactics and truthful assessments of the equipment in use during the war.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
kelly gontar
Great read, well written, constant excitement!
★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
evija
Interesting but not realistic at all.
★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
garrett bridges
Seemed like a fictional account to me
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
ralph kabakoff
Different perspective on armored warfare on the eastern front. Pretty good little read.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
david green
While it was every interesting, I have to question anyone's ability to remember in detail all that happened in a few days the way the author describes the battle(s). This leads me to believe that some of the material was written for the sake of the reader and may not be 100% accurate, considering the trauma and horror that occurred in such a short period.

It is also interesting to note that the author had very little empathy or sympathy for his comrades as they died en masse and that these men were no different than ants on the sidewalk.

I liked the book, amazing story, makes you realize that modern warfare is pure hell.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
cathie george
Great book - loved it.
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greta
Excellent first hand account of the fighting on the Eastern Front.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
wonljoon
Blood and guts! All that effort to get the prisoner to interrogation and then he shoots her?!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
kristine
Enjoyed reading something from a different perspective.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
hettienne
Sobering view of combat in WW2
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
susan finck
Vivid descriptions of the final days of WWII in the East
★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
julia meinwald
Did not meet expectation
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
gary bunker
Great book about the Eastern Front
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mysteriouspanda
Thought it was very good . Wish he would have told about his training. Earlier days leading up to the being in Russia.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
susan carroll
This is a well-told firsthand account of the futile fighting retreat of German forces on the Eastern Front beginning in 1943 as the German Army buckled under the onslaught of Soviet forces after the disastrous Kursk offensive. The author pulls no punches and has no heroic pretenses as he describes the horrors of combat against the Russians. Surprisingly frank in both its narrative content and moral perspective for an account written so soon after the end of the war.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
harpreet chima
I can not tell you if it is fictional or not. A number of reviewers state as evidence of fiction, that the Russian tanks cited were not correct to the time period. However from tanks-encyclopedia," During one of these battles, near the settlement of Târgu Frumos, a single IS-2 was damaged and later examined by General Guderian himself, whom concluded that the “Stalin” was worthy of its name. “Do not get involved in a fight with a “Stalin” without overwhelming numerical superiority in the field. I believe that for every “Stalin” we must account for an entire platoon of Tigers.” Guderian refers to the IS-2 as a "Stalin" as does the author. Some early versions did have naval guns requiring separate shell and powder charge making them powerful but slow to reload. I find the graphic depiction of battle no more unbelievable than what is depicted in "Saving Private Ryan", "Enemy at the Gates", "Fury" or "The Battle for Sevastopol'. . The Eastern front was a blood bath with 2,742,909 German Soldiers dying in battle and an estimated 700,000 in soviet prisons, and 6,329,600 Russians and another 1,250,000 as POW's.
The battle of Kursk was the largest tank battle in history with 6,000 tanks. The author describes the SU 152 tank killers nick named by the Russians as the "can opener", "deer slayer" and "cat killer". I can find no historical incorrectness as others have stated.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
spacedaisie
I wish it would be a movie. It is sad all movies are made from victor's side, this defeated point of view is also interesting.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
liz moore
classic! a 1st hand look at what it was like to be there without somebody looking over your back saying that you can print that
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
andrea barreras
Loved it! very chilling account. Hard to believe that this actually took place.
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b lyon
Not stop action. Could not put this book down
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dan glasson
This seemed to be a fictional story
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florence deputy
Action packed from start to finish. I could not put the book down. War is hell and this book captures this reality
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
keegan
More vivid and amazing than fiction. Most intense writing I can remember.
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sean
not a bad book to read
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care huang
This book shows it in all its in insanity. An excellent book everyone should read. Thanxs mr.faust.
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vladimir tarasov
Fantastic book. The writings of a man not afraid to tell his tales of warfare and the brutality behind it.
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sunny
Epic book. A must read.
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fatma omrani
Realistic and chilling. A must read for WWII historians.
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sherbert
Great read interesting start to finish'
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barbara kuhn
Hard to put this book down. Fascinating read about the war in the East.
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sarah biller
Mixed feelings about this testimony. Have my doubts about the authenticity, but solely based on the amazing amount of detailed observation by the author of his surroundings in the middle of battle. Still worth reading as it provides a realistic account of the living conditions in a tank during battle. As if you were in the middle of it yourself.
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dani duffy
Not sure if this is a true story.
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allison hackenmiller
Great read from start to finish!I loved it!Written from an entirely different perspective.the Germans.I would definitely recommend this book to others.
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gabriel congdon
Amazing book - rarely available perspective of German troopers fighting against allied forces - something that you don't ever get to read or see in US; it's really a great piece of literature, documenting what we, as Americans, missed, being saturated with saving private damon, and other multiple movies written by those who won the war.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
kahla
Good and entretaining to read, however i really doubt this is anyones true memoir.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
elvi rahayu hijjir
Riveting in its account of the unspeakable cruelty and foolishness of war. Painfully honest.
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abdul raheem
interesting
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sarahjo
Very interesting
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michal
Mr. Faust saw some destruction. Amazing
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bean
Incredible story - you couldn't make it up.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
kenia hinojosa
Extremely well written. Holds your attention very well.
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lpersing
The first person account was riveting. I could not put it down.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
joshua daniel
Great read. The ending could have been better though.
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amelia elizabeth
As other reviewers have stated, this is billed as a memoir, but is actually fictional war porn. It starts out well, but about 1/4 of the way through the book, you will realize that this is a compete work of fiction. At that point then, it was hard for me to continue reading with my constant eye rolls from the inaccuracies and obvious exaggerations.
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lynn mercurio
Good but got too crazy in the end!
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midge going
Intense and action packed. Fast paced, almost unbelievable.
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tania james
Great
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putri
Surprised by this book. A real good read full of action. Would make a great movie. I thought the ending worked well
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gothicbunny groves
Raw and real.
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zianna
This book will keep you on the edge of your seat. I like non-fiction and I am still not sure what I just read? My final analysis is that Faust knows the inside and outside of a Tiger tank and was in battle but has a stretch of imagination. He would have to have the world's most detailed diary to report all of these facts or have the best photographic memory of all time. I doubt he had time to write a detailed diary after each battle.
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todd doolittle
Excellent reading. A can't put down book.
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hannah c
It is a graphic account of tank warfare mixed in with some character mystery and development. It is very strong on historical detail. The endless matter-of-fact recounting of the violence can get tiresome, but I imagine that is war actually is like. Good book, but not for the easily disturbed
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i in
Very realistic... loved it!
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lara daly
Good book
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callie leuck
Brutal but compelling to read
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caitlin farren
Good writing. Easy to read. Very intense battle.
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casey koon
Well written
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carinna tarvin
amazing insight to the brutality of war!
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banan almass
The translated script is flat & pragmatic- driving a Tiger
over people is just like saying Hello.
Why no maps -essential to war History?
Why no diagrams and cutaways of a Tiger Tank
the icon of the whole book --not acceptable?
What happened to Faust? When did he die etc?
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
mark peyton
Cruel, but real
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marimar
None
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nicole whitworth
Very good.
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teisha
This book is really just a chapter of a possible larger manuscript. Basically, the author, still a nazi I believe, wants you to purchase his next offering. Additionally, there is no specific mention of the area this book describes. No map, mention of the river defended, etc.
He also has remarkable vision to the left and right through his tank drivers window portal.
To bad it's not the whole story.
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paul graham
I was wondering the German side on the East front. I ran into a guy that was there getting fuel when the Russians closed the trap on the 9th army. So he lucked out. His story was much better to bad he didn't write it.
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marti
We think of tanks as indestructible but this book explained how and where they were destroyed even with the men still inside. It was a better read the second time!!
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donna pryer
Outstanding book about war in the Tiger Tank. Very detailed and descriptive about operating a tank in combat.
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soneide paiva
Great story. I have both of the author's books. I heartily wish he had written 20 more.
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jake gest
Zero historical value, seems the whole story made up by publishers. Empty quazy-memoirs with nothing in background but some general facts
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melia
I've read a lot of books on the battle in the east and this is as good most I've read. This is the first account from the Tiger driver's point of view I've read and this story let's you know their job in the panzer arm was as critical as a great gunner or commander. I am looking forward to his other book The Last Panther...
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jmck
Excellent story of a horrendous time.
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gerilyn
Great book, well worth reading.
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breone
Although its a exciting read, it is obviously made up. I have read over 50 books on the Eastern Front, and can tell by the action of this battle, and the total lack of factual references it simply is the authors account of a suppose battle, that drew action sequences from other authors. I should of gave it a one star, but it was somewhat interesting. The storyline regarding the Russian girl was almost laughable though.
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stephenie st hilaire
Very well written. Nice to read something from the German stand point.
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wendi foley
great
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cally
Very good just wish it had been longer seemed a little short. But a good read.
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james
Excellent historical view of the German Panzer retreat from the Soviets. Story showed the full impact on a single tank crew and the impossible odds they fought against. Truly a remarkable saga.
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barbara ottley
Rather an involved plot for a 72 hour period. Also have to wonder if things did not get garblef in translation. While German armor was primarily gasoline fueled, Russian were primarily diesel with a somewhat lesser fire hazard in combat. Read " the Unknown Soldier " by Sajer for another view of combat on the Eastern front.
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page pest
You need to read both of his books.
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susan hargrove
great history read
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brandon perdue
Not very well written and only modestly insightful. Almost cartoonish.
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manali
a good read
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cote smith
interesting to hear from the other side. I am glad they lost.
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dibakar
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bilal
I was hoping for more. It was a very short read (a fast reader could probably finish it in one evening). The book definitely lacks historical contextualization (dates, locations, combatant units, etc.) - it's reads as if directly transcribed from one person's story without the collaborating perspective of historical details, units involved, timelines, etc.

But, I think that wasn't the author's intent (to provide a historical accounting), and maybe there's much that gets lost in translation.

Plus, I was disappointed to read the names (and probably characters) weren't real. From the book:
"The author of this work used the name 'Wolfgang Faust' as a pseudonym, and the name does not depict any specific person of that name, living or dead. The names of characters are likewise fictitious, and these names do not refer to specific historical persons"

Tiger Tracks is a personal story of one tank crewman during a 2-day engagement with the Red army on the Russo-German border.

One plot line felt a wee bit contrived to me (even though there is a forward that says "all this is true"). However, some of the details of combat also suggests the author did interview Panzer crewmen's stories of combat.

The story was a bit thin. The narrative is told more in dialog, and I wished for more introspection and detail. To me, it just reads as an amalgam of battle stories tied together around this battle.

With all that said, any Military History buff will probably enjoy this German perspective of battle.
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pranav prakash
Fiction written as an actual experance about one multi day battle. Although interesting, it is overly action packed with things that would far more likely have occured over a much longer period of time if at all. Much emphsis on the brutality of war with questionable outcomes.
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scott clarke
Surprised anyone was alive after that retreat. Somewhat gory and hard to believe unless a fictional writing, but still weak no matter what.
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paul sheldon
I found it to be highly fictitious and a beautiful Russian Woman Soldier(Mistress)was used as a secondary story to spice it up.
The book was constant warfare-the first encountered with the German tanks was good ,but the repetitious nature of the book became boring.
It had no central theme-I feel that I didn't learn anything. Most German books written by its combatants provide a very deep insight.
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