Michael Wittman and the Waffen SS Tiger Commanders of the Leibstandarte in WWII, Volume Iby Patrick Agte
German Panzer ace Michael Wittmann was by far the most famous tank commander on any side in World War II, destroying 138 enemy tanks and 132 anti-tank guns with his Tiger. This classic of armored
German Panzer ace Michael Wittmann was by far the most famous tank commander on any side in World War II, destroying 138 enemy tanks and 132 anti-tank guns with his Tiger. This classic of armored warfare is both combat biography and unit history, as Patrick Agte focuses on the life and career of Wittmann but also includes his fellow Tiger commanders in the 1st SS Panzer Division Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler. Volume One covers the Eastern Front, where Wittmann racked up more than 100 kills and participated in the Battle of Kursk in 1943.
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I purchased this book and volume 2 on the hope of reading about Michael Wittman, at the time of this review I had not started the second volume. The book does have a lot of information about the Tiger Aces of the Leibstandarte and their battles / triumphs but Michael Wittman has been regulated as one of the Tiger Aces. The book does give a number of mentions of him, but if you are looking for a history solely on him you are going to be disappointed, I gave the book 3 stars for that reason only, for an overall history of the Tiger Aces the book is worth 4 stars.
I read this quite a while ago but I do still remember an number of things that lead me to this rating. First, the book was total hero worship. The objectivity one finds in most military histories was absent completely. But perhaps the greatest failure is in the editing. Almost every page had at least one typo and some pages had several. There was even a complete 2 paragraph section that was cut-and-pasted into a chapter later in the book. It was such a bad read that I returned the book. Now this was in the mid 90's and so there might have been a later edition that corrected the typos and perhaps the duplication, but I would hazard a guess that the hero worship remains.