Meine Dienstzeit meaning “My Military Service” focuses on the experiences of Otto Carius, famous German Tiger I commander of WWII. Photos and stories chronicle Otto Carius’ entrance into the Wehrmacht as a volunteer, his life as a soldier, and his victories as a Panzer commander for three and a half years on the Eastern Front. The book is filled with detailed photos and illustrations of his numerous medals, decorations and documents and includes a transcript of an interview with Otto Carius about his time in the military. The book also contains excerpts from his book “Tiger im Schlamm” (first edition printed 1960) with corresponding photos.
Oberleutnant Otto Carius, October 1944, became the youngest Reserve Officer in the Wehrmacht to receive the Oak Leaves (issue Nr.535). A total of 882 Oak leaves were awarded by the 9. May 1945.