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73north #1 Posted 31 January 2015 - 06:48 PM

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Really sad to hear that Otto Carius has died at 92.


Otto Carius, a World War II German panzer ace credited with destroying more than 150 enemy tanks, mostly on the Eastern Front, has died at 92.

Carius died at home in western  Germany Jan. 24 after a short illness, according to a statement Friday on the website of the Tiger Pharmacy, which he founded in 1956.

He was drafted in 1940 as an infantryman and volunteered for a tank unit, according to his autobiography, "Tigers in the Mud."

Eventually promoted to 1st lieutenant, he was wounded multiple times and received several awards, including the Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves.

In the foreward to his book's 2003 edition, Carius defended his service to Nazi Germany, saying combat troops shouldn't be painted with the broad brush of guilt


I wrote to him last year and got his autograph photograph ( which I didn't expect )
and he VERY KINDLY signed his autograph on my large sticky label which I
sent him by post to Germany - and this is now stuck inside my prized Paperback Copy of Tigers in the Mud !!



Edited by 73north, 31 January 2015 - 06:49 PM.

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