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Otto Carius

German Army - Knights Cross with Oak Leaves. Otto Carius was born on May 27th of 1922 in Zweibrucken, Rheinland-Pfalz in Southwest Germany. Carius volunteered for 104th Infantry Placement Battalion in May of 1940 and was assigned to the 21st Panzer Regiment when he graduated. During the Invasion of Russia, Operation Barbarossa, in June 1941, Carius was a loader Panzer 38 and experienced his first battle as a loader on a Panzer III, light tank In 1941 after serving 11 months in Russia Carius went to Officer training and when commissioned he went to 502nd heavy tank battalion in April 1943. He was assigned as a tank commander in the 2nd battalion 502. The battlion had the new Tiger Tank. Otto Carius and the 2nd Company 502 were stationed in Russia on the Leningrad Front. At the narva bridgehead Carius engaged Russian SU85 tanks destroying 4 of them. In June 1944 carius was sent to Daugavpils in Latvia where he was part of the city. On the 22nd of July 1944 Carius with his company of 8 tigers advanced to Malinava, where his job was to halt the Russian advance. 1st Lieutenant Otto Carius commanding 2nd Company of the 502nd heavy tank Battalion, with eight Tigers, advanced towards the village of Malinava (a northern suburb of Dunaburg) to halt the Russian advance. Following a reconnaissance Lieutenant Otto Carius explained his plan to take the village. He decided to attack using only two tanks because there was only one narrow road leading to the village. Six Tigers therefore remained in the reserve while Lt Carius and Lt. Albert Kerschers (one of the most decorated commanders of sPzAbt 502) tanks moved towards the village. Speed was the essence and afterwards, Otto Carius recalls that the entire battle did not last more than 20 minutes. in this short time, Carius and Kerscher knocked out 17 of the new JS-1 Stalin and 5 T-34 tanks. Following this he deployed 6 of his tanks in an ambush against the remainder of the Soviet tank battalion advancing toward him, unaware of their lead companies demise. Surprise was complete and a further 28 tanks were destroyed along with their supporting trucks and vehicles, the complete battalion had been wiped out for no loss. In November of 1943, Otto Carius destroyed 10 Russian T34s at short range and in August 1944 he was transferred to the newly formed Schwere panzerjager Abteilung 512 equipped with the New Jagdtiger. Carius was stationed at Paderborn and Dollersheim. The 2nd Company which he commanded was ordered to Siegburg as part of the defence of the Rhine, and it was here he eventually surrendered to the US forces on April 15th 1945. Awarded the Knights Cross on 4th May 1944 and Oak Leaves on 27th July 1944.


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 Skillfully led by their mercurial commander, SS-Hauptsturmfuhrer Michael Wittmann, the Tiger Tanks of s.SS-Pz. Abt. 101 blaze through a shattered French village in the days following D-Day, June, 1944. Their destination – Normandy! ......Holding the Line by Richard Taylor. (B)
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Skillfully led by their mercurial commander, SS-Hauptsturmfuhrer Michael Wittmann, the Tiger Tanks of s.SS-Pz. Abt. 101 blaze through a shattered French village in the days following D-Day, June, 1944. Their destination – Normandy! ......

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 As Typhoon Mk1b fighter-bombers of 247 Squadron exit the target area near Falaise at full throttle, the havoc wreaked in their wake bears witness to the devastation of their powerful rockets. Fuel and ammunition from the retreating German column exp......
Closing the Gap by Robert Taylor. (D)
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As Typhoon Mk1b fighter-bombers of 247 Squadron exit the target area near Falaise at full throttle, the havoc wreaked in their wake bears witness to the devastation of their powerful rockets. Fuel and ammunition from the retreating German column exp......NOT
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 Lake Ricu, Dunaburg, Latvia, 12th – 16th July 1944.  Tiger I tanks of Albert Kersher and Otto Carius, of 2nd Company. Heavy tank Battalion 502, detached to help infantry units in the Karasino and Marruga areas to establish a firm front line. ......
Kampfgruppe Carius by David Pentland. (P)
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Lake Ricu, Dunaburg, Latvia, 12th – 16th July 1944. Tiger I tanks of Albert Kersher and Otto Carius, of 2nd Company. Heavy tank Battalion 502, detached to help infantry units in the Karasino and Marruga areas to establish a firm front line. ......

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 Albert Kerscher and Otto Carius.  Narva Bridgehead, 18th March 1944 - 2nd Company, 502 Heavy Tank Battalion and Nordland Infantry. Tiger I tanks of Albert Kersher and Otto Carius, of 2nd Company, Heavy tank Battalion 502, along with only 16 Grenadie......
Retaking Tirtsu by David Pentland. (P)
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Albert Kerscher and Otto Carius. Narva Bridgehead, 18th March 1944 - 2nd Company, 502 Heavy Tank Battalion and Nordland Infantry. Tiger I tanks of Albert Kersher and Otto Carius, of 2nd Company, Heavy tank Battalion 502, along with only 16 Grenadie......

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Six Tiger I tanks including Albert Kersher and Lt. Otto Carius, of 2nd Company Heavy tank Battalion 502, prepare to take up ambush positions for the soon to arrive Soviet tank brigade. In the ensuing encounter, the Tigers destroyed the entire column ......
The Firing Line, North of Malinava Latvia, 22nd July 1944 by David Pentland. (P)
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Six Tiger I tanks including Albert Kersher and Lt. Otto Carius, of 2nd Company Heavy tank Battalion 502, prepare to take up ambush positions for the soon to arrive Soviet tank brigade. In the ensuing encounter, the Tigers destroyed the entire column ......

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 Tiger I tanks of Albert Kersher and Otto Carius, of 2nd Company Heavy tank Battalion 502, take part in the third operation designed and led by Graf von Strachwitz (Grossdeutschland Division) to destroy the final units of the dangerous Soviet bridgeh......
Advance to the Start Line, Narva Bridgehead, Northern Russia, 6th April 1944 by David Pentland. (P)
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Tiger I tanks of Albert Kersher and Otto Carius, of 2nd Company Heavy tank Battalion 502, take part in the third operation designed and led by Graf von Strachwitz (Grossdeutschland Division) to destroy the final units of the dangerous Soviet bridgeh......NOT
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 Six Tiger I tanks including Albert Kersher and Lt. Otto Carius, of 2nd Company. Heavy tank Battalion 502, prepare to take up ambush positions for the soon to arrive soviet tank brigade. In the ensuing encounter, the Tigers destroyed the entire colum......
Into Position, North of Malinava Latvia, 22nd July 1944 by David Pentland. (P)
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Six Tiger I tanks including Albert Kersher and Lt. Otto Carius, of 2nd Company. Heavy tank Battalion 502, prepare to take up ambush positions for the soon to arrive soviet tank brigade. In the ensuing encounter, the Tigers destroyed the entire colum......

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 Six Tiger I tanks including Albert Kersher and Lt. Otto Carius, of 2nd Company. Heavy tank Battalion 502, prepare to take up ambush positions for the soon to arrive soviet tank brigade. In the ensuing encounter, the Tigers destroyed the entire colum......
The Ambush, North of Malinava Latvia, 22nd July 1944 by David Pentland. (P)
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Six Tiger I tanks including Albert Kersher and Lt. Otto Carius, of 2nd Company. Heavy tank Battalion 502, prepare to take up ambush positions for the soon to arrive soviet tank brigade. In the ensuing encounter, the Tigers destroyed the entire colum......

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 Six Tiger I tanks including Albert Kersher and Lt. Otto Carius, of 2nd Company. Heavy tank Battalion 502, prepare to take up ambush positions for the soon to arrive soviet tank brigade. In the ensuing encounter, the Tigers destroyed the entire colum......
Springing the Trap, North of Malinava Latvia, 22nd July 1944 by David Pentland. (P)
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Six Tiger I tanks including Albert Kersher and Lt. Otto Carius, of 2nd Company. Heavy tank Battalion 502, prepare to take up ambush positions for the soon to arrive soviet tank brigade. In the ensuing encounter, the Tigers destroyed the entire colum......

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 Tiger I tanks of Albert Kersher , Otto Carius, and 2nd Company. Heavy tank Battalion 502, supported in the air by Fw190s of JG54 Grunherz find themselves the only forces available to hold the line against the advancing Soviet forces. ......
Holding the Line, Dunaburg, Latvia, 21st July 1944 by David Pentland. (P)
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Tiger I tanks of Albert Kersher , Otto Carius, and 2nd Company. Heavy tank Battalion 502, supported in the air by Fw190s of JG54 Grunherz find themselves the only forces available to hold the line against the advancing Soviet forces. ......

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 Tiger I tanks of Albert Kersher and Otto Carius, of 2nd Company. Heavy tank Battalion 502, take part in the second operation designed and led by Graf von Strachwitz (Grossdeutschland Division) to destroy half of  the dangerous Soviet bridgehead acro......
Clearing the Ostsack, Narva Bridgehead, Northern Russia, 6th April 1944 by David Pentland. (P)
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 Tiger I tanks of Albert Kersher and Otto Carius, of 2nd Company. Heavy tank Battalion 502, take part in the second operation designed and led by Graf von Strachwitz (Grossdeutschland Division) to destroy half of the dangerous Soviet bridgehead acros......
Mutual Support, Narva Bridgehead, Northern Russia, 6th April 1944 by David Pentland. (P)
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 Kursk, Russia, 5th July 1943.  Tiger I's of the 505th Heavy Tank Battalion attacking towards Podoljan, and on to Butyrki.  By the end of the day the assault had destroyed the Soviet 15th Infantry Division, and thrown the whole 70th Army into cri......
Tigers - 505th at Kursk by David Pentland. (P)
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Kursk, Russia, 5th July 1943. Tiger I's of the 505th Heavy Tank Battalion attacking towards Podoljan, and on to Butyrki. By the end of the day the assault had destroyed the Soviet 15th Infantry Division, and thrown the whole 70th Army into cri......NOT
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Kampfgruppe Carius by David Pentland. (P)
Holding the Line by Richard Taylor. (B)

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Retaking Tirtsu by David Pentland. (P)
Holding the Line by Richard Taylor. (B)

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