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.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
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!
★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
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.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
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.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
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
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
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.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
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.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
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.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
andrew carter
A reveling acount
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
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.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
ravie13
Very gritty, well told story.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
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.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
ismailfarag
Amaizing! A crude first-person story by a tiger's driver, in the battles of Russia 1943.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
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.
★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
nada amin
Unbelievable
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
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
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
toni
Probably more fiction than non, but a riveting read. I enjoyed it thoroughly.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
rishi dhanda
For the price a decent read.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
martin
Good read
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phyllis
Gripping and well written
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
james newman
It's a really great story, and does a great job of telling some of the real things that happened.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
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.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
bwebster5cox net
Good for fiction.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
hila
Best account of tank warfare I have ever read. Non stop action!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
jade
Excellent graphic details. Savage battle recollections and well told in the first person.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
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.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
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
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
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.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
b lyon
Not stop action. Could not put this book down
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
dan glasson
This seemed to be a fictional story
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
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.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
sean
not a bad book to read
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
care huang
This book shows it in all its in insanity. An excellent book everyone should read. Thanxs mr.faust.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
vladimir tarasov
Fantastic book. The writings of a man not afraid to tell his tales of warfare and the brutality behind it.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
sunny
Epic book. A must read.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
fatma omrani
Realistic and chilling. A must read for WWII historians.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
sherbert
Great read interesting start to finish'
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
barbara kuhn
Hard to put this book down. Fascinating read about the war in the East.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
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.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
dani duffy
Not sure if this is a true story.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
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.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
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.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
abdul raheem
interesting
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
sarahjo
Very interesting
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
michal
Mr. Faust saw some destruction. Amazing
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
bean
Incredible story - you couldn't make it up.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
kenia hinojosa
Extremely well written. Holds your attention very well.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
lpersing
The first person account was riveting. I could not put it down.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
joshua daniel
Great read. The ending could have been better though.
★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
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.
★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
lynn mercurio
Good but got too crazy in the end!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
midge going
Intense and action packed. Fast paced, almost unbelievable.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
tania james
Great
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
putri
Surprised by this book. A real good read full of action. Would make a great movie. I thought the ending worked well
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
gothicbunny groves
Raw and real.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
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.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
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
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
i in
Very realistic... loved it!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
lara daly
Good book
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
callie leuck
Brutal but compelling to read
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
caitlin farren
Good writing. Easy to read. Very intense battle.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
casey koon
Well written
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carinna tarvin
amazing insight to the brutality of war!
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
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
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
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.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
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!!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
donna pryer
Outstanding book about war in the Tiger Tank. Very detailed and descriptive about operating a tank in combat.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
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
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
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...
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
jmck
Excellent story of a horrendous time.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
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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hannah
Seems very mundane, almost concocted. Very boring with repeated facts.
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cameron ross
This is obviously a novel, not written by anyone who has actual experience operating a tiger.
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jwalant
Just a poor made up adventure story, not worth reading.
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marcy
My opinion is this is fiction. A fake memoir. Try to find out anything on Wolfgang Faust. In this "book" two battles are described but no locations or unit identification is given. Why? so you can't follow up and discover that they never happened and no one can find out that someone with this name never fought in these battles if you can even find out where they were.
It is a comic book like non stop description of gore and destruction with cartoon characters. Perhaps some talented author could turn this into a graphic novel and save it by actually interjecting a plot.
Seems like an outline for a CGI laden movie with exploding gas drums and actors you never heard of.
If you read some real memoirs you will be able to discern the difference between this work and something written by an actual battle participant. In a real memoir unless the author is the actual commanding officer like Hal Moore who wrote We Were Soldiers Once and Young about the Ia Deang battle in Viet Nam, who would by virtue of his position in command be able to speak to the whole of the battle, you do not ever get the kinds of descriptions and detail in this book from a low ranking soldier looking through the drivers slit in a tank.
Have you watched the history channel Tank Battles Stories? The descriptions of battles are peace meal and limited to that personally experienced by the author. Far from a comprehensive battle description, you get observations like "a tank showed up crossing our front and we fired," kind of observations. Individual struggles not battle descriptions in detail
Please surprise me. Someone find something about Wolfgang Faust and prove me wrong because for me this book does not pass the smell test.
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jessica harrison
Whether the unrealistic amount of detail that Herr Faust must have forced himself to recall in detailing the incidents that occur throughout the length of the book are true...or not, the writing holds you in your seat. The assertion is that Herr Faust is writing the narrative in or around 1948, a few scant years after the insanely harrowing accounts described in the book. I have to say for my own impression, either Herr Faust's memory is really, really incredible, or, he has taken a few..liberties. However, it was the liberties aspect of the book that caught my attention because, he describes the action on the retreat from the Russian front from a Nazi soldier's point of view. The action, and there is plenty of it, is incredibly, indescribably brutal. But Faust keeps up the brutal, degrading narrative just like a comic book. What surprised me, was the conviction he described of the Nazi soldiers that they were fighting to keep Europe free from the foreign invaders, which would be, well, Americans. And Russians. Such a different point of view than those espoused in countless war films produced by the victors, who describe the conflict as a victory of good versus evil. Not so simple a summation when understood from the other side.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
stirling miller
Wolfgang Faust's astonishing account of the Red Army's great offensive against the German Wehremact Panzar Corps in October 1943, entitled 'Tiger Tracks' is one of the most compeling books I have ever read. A personal description of the German Army's attempts to stem the tide of the Russian offensive advance that was driving them out of the Soviet Union and into Eastern Europe, This is combat writing at its most intense and unflinching. It’s a phenomenal memoir of tank warfare, the collapse of the Third Reich self proclaimed invincible Army's, and the suffering and brutal death of troops on all sides, while fighting on the Eastern Front of World War Two. Most historians agree that warfare on the Eastern Front was the most brutal, barbaric, and mercilless fighting in human history. Neither side gave or asked for quarter during the apocalyptic struggle that began in June 1941 and reached its bloody conclusion in the streets of Berlin, Germany in May 1945. During that nearly four year period at least three Million Germans were killed while the Red Army is estimated to have suffered ten Million deaths. Faust's account covers a little less than a two week slice of the terrible fighting in October 1943. As a combat veteran I felt both shock and awe of the author's descriptions of combat. The narrative places the reader in the midst of the desperate fighting. There were battle descriptions that gave me pause as it dreged up old memories of combat's carnage and death, and I actually had to set the book aside, in order to collect myself! This book is not for those who have difficulty reading about man's inhumanity to man. However, it is an important book about the history of warfare, in that it lays bare the terrible nature of war and offers stark lessons about the futility, waste, suffering, and horror that makes war one of mankinds most eggregous and insane endeavors. This is a great book, a must read!
★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
agathafrye
This gets 1 star only because there is no "Starless" option. I expect that the kinds of experiences describes in this work of fiction really happened to real people at various times during the course of the war. I will even admit the possibility, however remote, that most of them could have been experienced during a single individual's military career. However, I cannot accept the proposition that all of these events took place during one operation over the course of two days. Neither do I find credible the cartoon characters represented as the associates of the author, nor the adolescent circumstances describing their relationships. The work is sorely lacking as history: a "river" is referenced and described, but never named; military "objectives" are similarly mistreated; at no place in this fantasy is any identifiable geographic, historic or personal entity presented; enemy operators in territory not yet occupied are referred to as "partisans," a term properly used only after an objective has been conquered.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
cara whalen
It really centered around a specific battle over a few days. Some things didn't ring true, like the mass of Stalin Tanks being used. There were 3 types of Stalin tanks (JS-1, JS-2, and JS-3) and they weren't used in huge numbers. The JS-3 wasn't very successful. The time of the war leads one to believe that the JS-1 was what they were likely to be encountering, and Germans frequently thought that was another KV tank when they encountered it at first. The SUs that they faced were probably SU or JSU-152s, which sported a 6" howitzer as a main weapon, and were inferior anti-tank weapons to the SU-100 and SU-12 tank destroyers the Russians were already fielding. SU-152s were often used in conjunction with infantry as close-in fire support; a task they did superbly. JSU-152s were more likely to be encountered in 1944. SU-122s were slow firing, but deadly. SU-100s were highly successful weapons.
But for all that, it was exciting to read and was a genuine page-turner.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
julie bradley atkinson
I finished this remarkable book last night and although I enjoyed the read to a great extent I still have significant concerns about the nature of the book I just finished.

I, among many other commentators, found the whiff of Hollywood script writing blowing through the entire book. It was too strong to ignore; for instance, the entire subplot of the captured female Russian signals operator being too much to stomach.

Also, I found a further whiff of Hollywood blowing through the book’s incidents concerning the visions of the driver (I believe that he saw too much for such a limited viewing space) and the room allowed to the prisoner and the downed pilot. Those two people were integral to the story but, having never been inside a Tiger Tank, I still cannot see that there would be that much available room.

Having typed those negative thoughts, it is still a good swashbuckling story that is worth the price of the book in whatever format.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
ben krumwiede
The book is quite gruesome in the author's distinct recollection of the atrocities that went on in the tank combats between the German and the Russian armies. It covers a short period of time when the German army is in full retreat from the Russian forces during the winter. There are no chapter subdivisions. Also in the story line throughout the book is about the capture of a Russian female soldier that keeps the reader wondering about the fate of this prisoner and her importance to both the German tank crew and the Russian army. I have read both books by the author, The Last Panzer, but wish more could have been written about the period between the two books.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
anne marie rivard
I have not spent any appreciable time learning about war from the losers perspective and this book has definitely sent me in a new direction with my history reading. Obviously the Nazi's were awful and their ideas evil. Their defeat was 100% necessary and that defeat needed to happen in any way possible. That being said, its easy to lose sight of the individual German soldier, especially at the end of the war. Most were not members of the Nazi party and many believed they were a force for good by bringing together a united Europe. Crazy, but true. Reading this book made me think about the collapse of a society that comes from acts of war, not just what it felt like to be a German soldier watching your country fall, but a Roman watching your empire collapse, etc, etc. A good read and a well told story.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
nirjhar sarkar
It's hard to "Love" such a grim book. This is one of those "war stories" that make your teeth hurt. The author, a one time driver in a Tiger tank, recounts, in the first person, the carnage surrounding the Wehrmacht's disastrous retreat from Russia in 1944. The battles he describes, a series of engagements between German and Russian armored units, is described in enough gory detail to make the gorge rise. Along the way, he admits to at least one possible war crime, having shot a prisoner in Sicily in 1942. He is not bashful about telling how both sides used tanks to finish off wounded enemy combatants by running over them. Near the end, he shoots a female prisoner to spare her from Gestapo torture. Not a tale for the faint of heart, but a riveting story, nonetheless.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
konami
For a reader looking for non-stop battle action, this book is a feast. The ferocity and pure mutual hatred of the two sides is well presented, but the facts of the battles are clearly exaggerated. The Soviet Union at that point in the war simply did not have the numbers of JS heavy tanks and SU heavy tank destroyers at the front lines that the author claims his Tiger regiment to have faced. Nor would a Tiger take that many hits from a JS or especially a SU round and survive that long. Still, an entertaining read.
★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
mitch
People interested in purchasing the book should be aware that it is not, in fact, a true memoir of a person who fought in World War II. The events portrayed happening and being witnessed in this book are simply not possible by any means. While there's no way of knowing whether this Wolfgang Faust is a real person who actually fought in the war, it's very obvious to me from the narrative that if this ever was at one point an actual memoir, it has been heavily rewritten and fictionalized to make a more interesting story. I have read many war memoirs, and this reads nothing like a genuine memoir would. I advise everyone to avoid this, it is simply not believable.
★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
kimmy dumont
Every tank explodes when it's killed (most flip upside down), every escaping crewman is machine-gunned (except those individuals important to the highly-contrived "plot" centered around an attractive female Russian POW), every engagement is fought at an apocalyptic fever pitch that involves ramming. I don't doubt that an Eastern Front veteran might have seen most of what's in this book, but they didn't see it all at once in such a concentrated dose based on the dozens of other memoirs I've read. Others have noted the lack of identifying unit numbers and such; I believe this is a work about a series of battles that never happened. If you're a gore-junkie, read it. Otherwise don't bother. I give it two stars instead of one becasue at least the grammar and spelling are acceptable, something increasingly unusual today.
★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
salvador olvera
As many have already pointed out, this is clearly a piece of fiction, and a poorly written one at that. The author may have had some actual military experience, but none of the engagements described make any sense.

He remembers every little detail of battle down to individual bullet wounds, all of which seem to end in decapitations. Yet he can't seem to remember any geographic description of the battle other than "steppe" or "tundra". "Stalin" tanks described are obviously post-war models. He is the lone survivor, using a pseudonym, which conveniently shields him from any fact-checking.

I stopped reading halfway. I don't mind historical fiction, but please don't pass it off as a memoir, and this whole novel closer to a video game than anything else.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
laura steiger
A must read for anybody inerested in the history of WW11 as it really happened, from the human point of view of those who lived it, warts and all, and not just as related in sanitised history accounts. We need more books like this to make us see the true horror of war and hopefully prevent a repaet
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
elizabeth thompson
I see by others reviews that they are not very impressed at all, say it is a fiction and not credible. How ever, it is not far from the truth as the mighty Wehrmacht lost the war on the Eastern front mainly because of the lack of resources like manpower, air support and Tiger tanks to name just few reasons. Despite of its reputation only 1300 Tiger tanks were produced and it just wasn't enough to fight the never ending troops and equipment pouring from Russia with the aid of USA/Allies and later fighting on two fronts. Having said that, this particular story "Tiger Tracks" can well be fiction and to dramatic, but if you watch documentaries from this era, the reality surpasses all fiction in my opinion.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
elizabeth edwards
Although I feel that the authors experience as written are composited ergo embellished, the harsh reality of tank warfare is brutally honest. The descriptive accounts of the fiery deaths these tankers faced must have been awful to witness first hand.

It's interesting reading a first-person, I was there account of battle. Only those that truly experience the horrors of war can truly appreciate what it must have been like
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
karin adams
I've read both published works of this author, and am a bit suspicious as to the veracity of the claims of this being a personal memoir. It reads too well, the arc too developed. However, if you choose to read this as work of historical fiction by a talented story-teller, and you enjoy military topics, then you will find this book, along with its sequel very exciting and entertaining.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
kelsie
I couldn't stop reading this story from an actual German tanker driving the almighty Tiger I. I was always fascinated by the tanks the Wehrmacht had at their disposal but never had the chance to know what it was like on the inside.
This story gave me all that and more. It vividly describes the numerous battles and I felt like I was there, living it.
This is a great read, you won't be disappointed.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
lisa morrow
I read Wolfgang Faust's "The Last Panther" and found it truly captivating and found this book just as captivating. This is a first person account of the author's time on the Russian front during WWII. The author is a tank driver and describes in graphic detail how savage the fighting is between the Russians and Germans. This book begins with a German offensive that evolves into a major Russian offensive/counter attack that is a real page turner. Great book.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
daniela
Engrossing and detailed account of a Tiger driver and his desperate attempt to both get home and to defend it. Regardless of politics eveything man in this caotic war just wanted it go be done and to survive. They all lost family and friends. To read an account from g he other side is very enlightening. You will mot be disappointed.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
heather constantino
Blunder in this obvious work of fiction is that the mighty Stalin JS III tanks that beset the German Tigers in this 1943 post-Kurst warfare didn't really exist until 1945. As for beautiful Russian women that the chivalrous Germans shield from the nasty SS -- not bloody likely. I still rate it as worth reading because of the intense and mostly realistic action. The Russian front in WWII was hell on earth and this fictional account captures the agony and exhaustion of that colossal clash of tyrants.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
michael mcdaniel
Any time a book stars off by emphatically claiming it's true, and not embellished, I'm suspicious. As you read "Tiger Tracks" you will come to realize this is more of a pastiche of things can and do happen in war. Death, decapitation, evisceration, murdering of prisoners, burning bodies, lots of blood, more decapitation, all is featured in this story, as it was on the battlegrounds WW2, just maybe not so perfectly scripted. All that said, this book does a great job of putting the reader in that tank and taking them on an exciting, though often brutal ride through the Russian front. It may come off like a soap opera, but in spite of that, or possibly because of that, you will flipping the pages with reckless abandon wanting to know who makes it out alive. And with the exception of the very end, which is preposterous, it was a satisfying read.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
stacey henry
I always thought that the Tiger tank was unbeatable. Now we have the Joseph Stalin tank which is even bigger! The ghastly deaths of tank men caught as the tank brews up is cold horror. Also how tank shells penetrate a tank and then bounces around inside reducing the crew to bloody pulp. I also found it incredible that the Germans seemed to see themselves as victims of Russian atrocities. It is scary what propaganda can do.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
alyss
I was absolutely blown away by this memoir. As a writer of an Iraq IED hunting memoir, reading this one made me feel like a little girl crying in the rain. This guy survived against horrible odds, in some of the very worst combat WW2 had to offer. I am highly impressed with this read. Well written and a good storyline flow, with intense action that pretty much never stops. I found this hard to put down. Way to go, Mr. Faust!!!
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
diedra
I don't doubt that any one story or paragraph describing the vicious and cruel tank battles on the Eastern Front is accurate or probable, but the author could not have lived through or witnessed so many scenes of the destruction he described looking through a small, often clouded slit window while driving a Tiger tank in battle. Still, even if partially accurate, it gives a reasonable description of the brutality of the campaign in the nonstop action only a partially fictional account can provide.
★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
wai chim
I live in Brazil, Yes. I bought and read this 100% false book. Wolfgang Faust is a fake. If you want to read a novel about World War II, read for instance "The Naked and the Dead" by Norman Mailer. It was partly based on his experiences. This book is a clear fake. If you want to read a good book, real memory, reeally writen by a man in panzers, please read the book "Panzer Commander" by Hans von Luck ( 1911-1997).
I can easily realize that this book is a fake, because:
1- I tryed to find out anything, about "Wolfgang Faust" in many sites. A German site of veterans showed me the truth. Wolfgang Faust is so fake as Santa Claus.
2- The "battles" in this fake book aren't real. None have a name or a place. Being fake "battles" this is the fact.
3- This book is a fake description of "battles" and "destruction" with fake characters.
4- Reading this book, such as another reviewer wrote: "like a Nazi recruiting poster".
Beyond doubt, this book has Cold War's propaganda, with a little drop of Nazism. The false female "Soviet" woman is beyond doubt based in many Hollywood's movies.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
christab
Excellent book. Give you a glimpse of the savage fighting on the Eastern Front of WWII. You wouldn't want to be there... No room for heroes. Maybe everything didn't happen exactly as the author wrote. But you certainly get a vision of the fury of that battleground. And on the technical side, the author describes the working of a German Tiger tank pretty well. This book validates other descriptions I've read regarding that miserable Eastern Front war.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
kayur
The book parades itself as an actual memoir of a soldier's experience. However, the book contains too many inaccuracies and outright fiction to be taken seriously. It is a work of fiction and not historical or even accurate. As a story, it is okay if a bit over the top in gore. I will not be reading the second book in the series.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
gail cohen
It will be difficult to add to my review of The Last Panther! The action here is realistic and continues with the battle in the East with the narrative of one tank driver and the unbelievable things he survived! Worth reading!
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
kaleena smith
Quite an interesting book. Both sides wanted to dominate the old world and new. Both sides looked at the other as the aggressor. This was Hitler’s war finished by Russia, English, an American troops. Hitler put the world in harms way!
★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
david gilbey
There are a number of excellent German memoirs of the eastern front in the Second World War... this isn't one of them. It isn't even a memoir. And I have serious doubts about when it was written. The book states it was written in 1948... I'm inclined to think it was written last year.
As historical fiction, I'd give it two stars. Two-dimensional characters and a paper thin plot. So if you're looking for better than two stars or are older than twelve... just keep looking.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
erdin
Would not want to have been in either Army on the Eastern Front during WW II. After what the Germans did to Russia was not proper warfare. Most deaths were needless, and the Russians wanted revenge.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
oie lian
Brutal but seems to be close to reality. Written in 1948 e.g. From fresh memories. Somewhat exaggerated to those times' German point of view of course, with all these nonsenses of "liberation" something deep into Russian land and "defense of united Europe", "our culture and our racial purity". Worth reading though specially by the people who knows war as just news on TV from far away overseas countries.
★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
melissa rob
As others have already said, I too started this book with high hopes. I'd just read the two volumes of accounts of German veterans of the D-Day landings, (of course, they didn't call them that), and these were obviously actual first hand accounts. I'm not expert enough to have an opinion of whether Herr Faust ever fought in a Tiger tank, but I am well enough informed to be 99.99% sure that the events in this book never happened as written. There are no details of location or units, or anything really. From MUCH blood, gore and cruelty, to a bit of sexy times, (German nurses giving the Tiger crews hand and blow jobs in a German half-track), it reads like a cheap, poorly written novel. I'd've given it One-Star except for the fact that it WAS entertaining, but a memoir??? No way.
★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
erik adams
Where are the index and footnotes? This is another of those comic book, made-up 'memoirs' spun out for readers who prefer not to think critically, but enjoy 'the action' anyway. Not really all that different from pulp 'westerns.' I wish the store would classify these properly i.e., as fiction, not history.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
ramesh
A great read for those of us looking for insight into the reality of total war. I don't know if any of the things detailed in the book actually happened but they seem authentic. The thing that strikes me most is how the reality of total war is so vastly different than "routine" life. Many people cannot accept and do not want to hear what humans do and how they act when the SHTF and the only rule is to kill as many, as quickly as possible before being killed in turn.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
nabil
A true picture of the russian front in WWII. Somewhat gory, but such is the true nature
Of war. I would recommend if you want to get an unfiltered view of the german view of the russian front.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
brooke traister
Who cares whether this be memoir or fiction? The contemporary fetishism of mere fact is a stupid responsevto this book. If one is conversant with memoir accounts or historical accounts of fighting on the Eastern front, nothing here OF SUBSTANCE will strike a false note. It matters not a whit whether a Tiger had room for a woman prisoner. My God, the imaginative faculty of many readers seems to have atrophied in these prosaic years.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
marsha payne
Interesting perspective from an Axis soldier on the Eastern Front. I personally believe the descriptive narrative was to some degree exaggerated. Of course, when being shot at some scenes are captured in vivid detail while to others it is a blur.

It was an easy read and my comments are not meant to disparage the remembrances of a veteran that appears to has been in the thick of fighting against the Russians. It does provide a view of how the Russians were able to mass power against the Germans toward the end of WWII.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
gayane
An engaging and detailed description of armored warfare on the Russian front. The author was the driver of a german panzer and he tells one heck of a good story. Although some might critique the graphic descriptions of the horrific effects on man and machine, I enjoyed the author's matter of fact, unvarnished writing style.
If you are interested in tank warfare and appreciate a well written, factual account, you will enjoy this book .
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
anja hose
Interesting take on the battles on Eastern (Russian) Front from the perspective of a German tanker. Huge destruction of life & equipment as the Soviets pushed the Germans back towards their border. Keep in mind that the death & destruction among the Germans was visited upon what the Germans considered untermensch during their invasion & afterwards. War is hell even in the frozen wastelands of the Soviet Union.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
adriana velasquez
An excellent look at the German side of the Eastern Front during WWII. It is very well written. You can almost see the battles and surroundings through his eyes. I am not much of a reader but I could not put it down.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
kpow
A graphic but compelling memoir of tank combat on the Eastern Front from the German point of view. A very good but harsh read. It doesn't hold back on the horror of war.
★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
thulasi ram
Choose book because I thought it was a non fictional historical memoir. This appears to be to be a fictional book with some truth mixed in. If you are looking for a fictional WW2 book this is worth the read and would give it 4 stars. If you are looking for a more historical book, this falls well short and wouldn't waste my time.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
courtney wright
Very enlightening, helps one to understand the terrible conditions in Germany towards the end of the war. The writing is quite good for an amateur writer and captures the horror of armored combat. Having served in tanks I know that he is the real thing! He was there and suffered through it. A must read for war aficionados.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
landshark
The book started slow for me at first it took a while to become accustomed to the writing style. The last two thirds of the book were page turners though. The final defense of the bridge was an apocalyptic nightmare. Some have said the book is fictional, but I have no doubt the author was there. Perhaps the account was an amalgamation of many witnesses. At any rate it is a good read. I can't wait to read The Last Panther by the same author.
★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
mabel
Anachronistic, at best. As a historian, i appreciate this as a historical fiction, well written with great amounts of historical details, however, this book should not be marketed as a memoir. To do so is a disservice to all who served, fought, and bravely died in the Panzer Korps during the war against the West and their Bolshevik allies.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
justin bryeans
I have been reading first person recounts of the Second World War since the early 80's. This is the first one that I have had the chance to read from the point of an Axis solider. It seemed to pull no punches and showed the brutal truth of the Eastern Front. It did not seem to show favor to one side or the other. It should be required reading for anyone studying the largest conflict of the 20th century.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
chris labianco
The entire book is one sustained adrenaline rush. Tremendous story telling. Well written. Comprehensive. Brutal. But that is what was is -- ultimate brutality. This treatise is from the German perspective; something we are not often heard.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
kelli st
Interesting read, but I think this was fiction rather than non-fiction. Reads too much like someone was trying to write a screen play with some far fetched characters and scenarios such as the downed Luftwaffe pilot who becomes tank crew member and the captured Russian General's mistress. That said, not a bad novel and a page-turner.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
brahmasta adipradana
Very interesting account of a German tank driver as they retreated from the Russians year the end of the war. The author doesn't render an opinion on the politics or righteousness of the war but merely relays his actions during a very difficult battle. It also highlights the barbarian actions of both sides, German and Russian. Worth reading for the historical perspective.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
spencer vardakis
Faust gives a gripping account of the Hell of armored combat on the eastern front. An amazing read for anyone interested in wield war 2 history.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
kayur
Interesting to get the perspective from an axis soldier. You get a full account from a veteran with no PC filter.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
poornima vijayashanker
It's a well written adventure story though the lead character didn't engage me. It really did not feel like a true story, it was very novelesque. If you're looking for a good action story, this one fits the bill but I feel the promotional description was intentionally misleading. It would have been a four star as a pure novel and loses one for the misdirection.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
kseniya
I've little knowledge of the war on the Eastern front save for the broad brush strokes, so I'v no idea if this hellish account was embellished in any way, but it read true to me. The horror of the war to the German soldier, unaware that it was his actions that caused it, astonish me.
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