Otto Carius


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Price: $28.00AUD inc. GST

Carius (GBX80) includes one Jagdtiger, two Otto Carius Tank Commander figure, one Otto Carius Dismounted figure, four Crew figures, one Dismounted Crew figure, one Decal sheet & one Small two-hole base.

Born on 27 May 1922 in Zweibrucken, Otto Carius was rejected twice for military service as unfit because of his slight weight and build. On his third attempt he was finally accepted, and in May 1940 he was assigned to the 104th Infantry Replacement Battalion in Posen. After completing his infantry training, he volunteered for the Panzer Corps, despite the fact that his father had categorically forbidden him from joining the armoured units. By October 1940, he was training with the newly raised 21. Panzerregiment (21st Armoured Regiment).

The panzer regiment fielded the light Panzer 38(t) and was committed to Operation Barbarossa, the invasion of the Soviet Union, on 22 June 1941. Carius initially served as a loader, which he described as the worst position in the tank because the loader couldn't see out and rarely got any fresh air. Carius had to bail out of his tank for the first time on 8 July 1941 when his 38(t) was hit by a round from a Soviet 45mm anti-tank gun. Carius suffered a shrapnel wound to the face and lost several teeth in the incident. Another nasty surprise for the German tankers during the summer of 1941 was the appearance of the Soviet T-34 tank in quantity. Only the 8.8cm Flak gun could deal effectively with these well-armoured and well-armed Soviet vehicles. It was at this point Carius first realised that there would not be a ‘quick end to the [Soviet] campaign.’

On 4 August 1941, Carius was ordered to join the 25th Panzer Replacement Battalion for officer candidate training. Carius completed the course on 2 February 1942, but did not pass. Returning to the front, his unit received replacement vehicles and defended against various Soviet attacks around Gshatsk from March through June 1942. 

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