Panzer VI Ausf.E Tiger Spz Abt. 502 Otto Carius 1943

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Otto Carius (born May 1922 – died 24 January 2015) was only accepted in the Army after twice being rejected as unfit for service. Your real life Captain America he was skinny and underweight. He first served in the infantry, but soon volunteered for Panzers. In 1943 Otto Carius joined his first unit, the 502nd Heavy Panzer Battalion. He soon gained many victories on a Tiger, as a gunner and later gifted tank commander, at the battle of Leningrad and Narva. He became commander of a Jagdtiger company of the 512th Heavy Antitank Battalion in February 1945. On 8 March, his Company was hard-pressed near Siegburg, bordering the Rhine. He eventually surrendered to the US Army on May, 7. He is one of the world’s leading tank aces with more than 150 enemy tanks on his board, gained mostly in Russia on two Tigers. He earned Iron Cross on 15 September 1942 and 23 November 1943 (1st class), Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves on 4 May 1944 as Leutnant of the Reserves and platoon leader in the 2./schwere Panzer-Abteilung 502, with Oak Leaves on 27 July 1944 as Leutnant of the Reserves, leader of the 2./schwere Panzer-Abteilung 502 and Panzer Badge in Silver 2nd Grade (15 July 1944) & 3rd Grade (1 September 1944). After the war, Carius headed a pharmacy he called “Tiger Apotheke” and wrote “Tigers in the Mud” (1960). He only retired in 2011 and died at age 92 a few years after.

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