Otto Carius then and now

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Re: Otto Carius Then and now

Post by Spirow Ewes » 25 Jan 2012 00:52

thefeckerwest wrote:Is Otto Carius still alive? This gentleman must be nearly 90 years old. Very few people get to be his age.
He'll turn 90 next May 27. I visited him twice. He had a health crisis in the beginning of 2010, but recovered as I could see him that october. I guess he must be ok. :milwink:

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Re: Otto Carius Then and now

Post by L.J.O » 19 Mar 2012 21:32

hallo

I am new here. but after reading his book ik would like to meet the man in person. I live in holland so it is not that far away. But I was wondering whether I would still be able to visit him. if any one who is in contact whit him would pm me his address so that I can write him a letter first. I read on the internet that the address of the pharmacy was not to be used to correspond whit him. so that is why im am asking.

mvg,
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Re: Otto Carius Then and now

Post by Leerhöy » 20 Mar 2012 10:38

MadderCat wrote:hi there

just found the follwoing on the page
http://www.tiger-apotheke.de/index.php? ... &Itemid=26

"Wir bitten um Ihr Verständnis, dass aufgrund des fortgeschrittenen Alters und des Gesundheitszustandes von Herrn Otto Carius, keine Anfragen zu seinen Weltkriegserlebnissen oder Autogrammwünsche per Email beantwortet werden können! Bitte nutzen Sie die Kontaktadresse ausschließlich für Anfragen, die den Apothekenbetrieb betreffen. Vielen Dank!"

translated:
"We ask for your understanding that due to the advanced age and health condition of Mr. Otto Carius, no inquiries about his war experiences or autograph requests can be answered by email! Please use the contact can only answer questions regarding the operation of pharmacies. Thank you!"


just my 2 cents

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Re: Otto Carius Then and now

Post by karenandkarl » 26 Mar 2012 20:54

L.J.O wrote:hallo

I am new here. but after reading his book ik would like to meet the man in person. I live in holland so it is not that far away. But I was wondering whether I would still be able to visit him. if any one who is in contact whit him would pm me his address so that I can write him a letter first. I read on the internet that the address of the pharmacy was not to be used to correspond whit him. so that is why im am asking.

mvg,
Leonard
Hello Leonard,

I'm not sure if it's appropriate to disclose his address here but I would recommend you inquire with the Tiger pharmacy. I corresponded with him before and he's VERY responsive! Good luck.

Best,
Karen

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Re: Otto Carius Then and now

Post by Remy Spezzano » 24 Sep 2012 23:54

Otto Carius was one of the most successful Panzer commanders ever to take a Tiger tank into battle, destroying some 150 tanks and being decorated with the Oakleaves to the Knights Cross.

Military artist and publisher Uwe Feist has produced a special book as a tribute to German Tiger tank ace Oberleutnant Otto Carius. The first copy of this book was presented on April 24, 2012 to Herr Carius in honor of his 90th birthday (27. May 2012).

Only 500 copies each have been printed of the regular edition and the special slipcase edition. The slipcase edition is only available from Feist Books http://www.feistbooks.com and RZM Imports http://www.rzm.com/books/fb/fb003.cfm

The regular edition should be available from your favorite mail order dealer. If they don't have it listed yet please tell them to contact us ASAP before it's completely sold out.
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Re: Otto Carius Then and now

Post by Remy Spezzano » 24 Sep 2012 23:58

Here is a photo taken of Herr Carius this year.
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Re: Otto Carius then and now

Post by AlifRafikKhan » 04 Dec 2012 00:56

Bundesarchiv said this pic was taken in July 1944 after he got the Eichenlaub (27 July), but in this pic he is wearing Oberleutnant schulterklappen, while he received it as an Leutnant. Maybe someone know when this pic was taken, or When actually his Oberleutnant promotion?

Source: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File: ... Carius.jpg
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Re: Otto Carius Then and now

Post by Michael Kenny » 04 Dec 2012 01:08

Remy Spezzano wrote:Otto Carius was one of the most successful Panzer commanders ever to take a Tiger tank into battle, destroying some 150 tanks


http://heroesdeguerra.blogspot.com.es/s ... o%20Carius



Those numbers are exaggerated. The maximum I got were 100-110 tanks, my numbers were inflated by the German Propaganda Ministry. The ones by Knispel? pure propaganda. I had the pleasure of meeting members of his crew and they acknowledged that they did not destroy more than 60 or 70 tanks.


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Re: Otto Carius then and now

Post by eisernergustav » 26 Jan 2013 17:15

Otto Carius was visited last week by Russian journalist

See enclosed link for few photos


http://bonbonvivant.livejournal.com/217089.html

Visit description in Russian but it is not very interesting so enjoy photos

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Re: Otto Carius then and now

Post by Hardigan » 31 Jan 2013 14:11

I'm glad he admits it about the 150+ Panzerkills because I wanted to start a thread about it.
The 68 Panzerkills which is mentioned in Günter Wegmann's book 'Die Ritterkreuzträger der Panzertruppe vol.1' can indeed be the total score of Carius.
http://forum.axishistory.com/viewtopic. ... n&start=45
Even 100+ is impossible. Simply check his gunner !
Heinz Kramer who was already his gunner in 1943 and even went on (while Carius was put out of action in July '44) till his death in Jan. '45 was credited with only 50+ Panzerkills !! That would be about 40-50 Panzerkills as gunner of Carius and the rest with another Commander.

Here an overview of the main battles of Carius and 2./s.PzAbt.502 most from 'Tigers in Combat 1' , the kills which are made by Carius alone are underlined. If you take the underlined kills of the main
battles and take what's left for minor battles you can imagine that the outcome could be 68.


PzRgt.21. (June '41 - May '42)
June '41-
May '42 : ?

2./s.PzAbt.502 (April '43 - 24 July '44)
Newel
4 Nov '43 : 10 T-34/76 (Carius)
6 Nov '43 : 3 T-34 (2 Tigers)

Narwa
17 Mar '44 : 13 T-34 , 1 KV-1 , 5 Pak (Carius and Kerscher)
18 Mar '44 : 4 T-34 , 1 T-60 , 5 Pak ?
19 Mar '44 : 8 T-34 , 1 T-60 , 1 Pak
20 Mar '44 : 2 T-34 , 1 Pak
21 Mar '44 : 2 T-34 , 2 Pak
22 Mar '44 : 2 T-34
26 Jun '44 : several Pz and Pak (12 Tigers)

Dunaburg
11 Jul '44 : 10 Pz , 6 Pak (10 Tigers , Eichhorn and Schiller)
22 Jul '44 : 10 JS-II/T-34 (17 JS-II , 6 T-34 , 6 Pak , Carius and Kerscher)
24 Jul '44 : wounded

s.PzJägAbt.512 ( in action from 8 ?March - 15 April '45)
11 April '45 : 15 Pz (Carius)
Mar/April '45 : 5 Pz (Carius)
15 April '45 : surrender



And then the score of Knispel , it's ridiculous of course , if he would have had such a high score he definitely was awarded with the Knight's Cross.

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