Panzer Ace: The Memoirs of an Iron Cross Panzer Commander from Barbarossa to Normandy

Narrated by:
Nigel Patterson

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
June 2018
8 hours 36 minutes
Richard Freiherr von Rosen was a highly decorated Wehrmacht soldier and outstanding panzer commander.

After serving as a gunlayer on a Pz.Mk.III during Barbarossa, he led a Company of Tigers at Kursk. Later he led a company of King Tiger panzers at Normandy and in late 1944 commanded a battle group (12 King Tigers and a flak Company) against the Russians in Hungary in the rank of junior, later senior lieutenant (from November 1944, his final rank).

Only 489 of these King Tiger tanks were ever built. They were the most powerful heavy tanks to see service, and only one kind of shell could penetrate their armor at a reasonable distance.

Every effort had to be made to retrieve any of them bogged down or otherwise immobilized, which led to many towing adventures. The author has a fine memory and eye for detail. His account is easy to listen to and not technical, and adds substantially to the knowledge of how the German Panzer Arm operated in the Second World War.
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Steven E.

Interesting read from a tankers point of view both operating the Tiger tank and King tiger plus an insight to what it was like during war time in these machines.

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Miles M.

Well written well narrated book. Contains lots of details on people places and equipment yet managed to keep a good storyline through to the end. Amazing that at the end of the war he was just 25yrs old!!!

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A great story well told, with well balanced humour & empathy for others. Highly recommended for history makes you feel you are right there in the thick of the action, sharing their hardships and heroism. Hope others enjoy it as much as I did....never felt quite as sorry for the German people after reading this compelling narrative

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Shaun N.

vey interesting account of the authors service in ww2 from a different perspective not usually shown in movies, tv etc. Enjoyed it much, but very glad never to have had to experience war first hand.

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