Τρίτη, 24 Μαΐου 2016

Otto Carius, Famous German Panzer ace of WWII, dies at 92





One of the most respected and successful German tank aces, Otto Carius, who destroyed more than 150 tanks, died on 24th January 2015, at the age of 92. In recognition of his gallantry and unmatched battlefield leadership, he was awarded the Knights Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves, known in Germany as “Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes mit Eichenlaub”.
Born in 1922, he was refused admission to the army on two occasions, the reason cited as ‘Not fit for service: at present underweight’. However, his chance came when in 1940 Carius was accepted into the 104th Infantry Replacement Battalion.