Wednesday, July 13, 2016
ONLY until several days ago this man I had not heard of.
Otto Carius. German tank ace of the Second World War [WW2].
"Otto Carius . . . was a German tank commander within the German Army who fought during World War II."
"The news coverage around his death  described him as a 'panzer ace credited with destroying more than 150 enemy tanks, mostly on the Eastern Front.'"
By comparison, that foremost American TANK ACE from the era of the Second World War [WW2] credited with having destroyed a dozen German tanks in battle. For comparison sake!
The ACE! German military man credited with extreme heroics on the WW2 battlefield [land, sea, air].
The fighter pilot, the submarine captain, the tank or assault gun commander, the sniper, etc.
AN ACE! Multitudes of the enemy destroyed!
Otto his battlefield career also inextricably linked to the deployment of the Jagdtiger. Assault gun with very heavy armor [seventy ton behemoth] and long-range big-bore gun [128 mm]. More or less impervious to anti-tank fire of whatever type while able to destroy an enemy armored vehicle with impunity. The Jagdtiger only existing in limited numbers and subject to breakdown.
That combat record [enemy tanks destroyed] of Otto exceeded only by this man? Kurt Knispel. Otto credited with 150+ "kills".
As with all the German "aces" Otto having fought on the Eastern Front during WW2, lots and lots and lots of targets to shoot at. An overwhelming number actually.