The Last Panther

  • by Wolfgang Faust
  • Narrated by George Backman
  • 5 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

While the Battle of Berlin in 1945 is widely known, the horrific story of the Halbe Kessel remains largely untold. In April 1945, victorious Soviet forces encircled 80,000 men of the German 9th Army in the Halbe area, South of Berlin, together with many thousands of German women and children. The German troops, desperate to avoid Soviet capture, battled furiously to break out toward the West, where they could surrender to the comparative safety of the Americans. For the German civilians trapped in the Kessel, the quest to escape took on frantic dimensions, as the terror of Red Army brutality spread.
The small town of Halbe became the eye of the hurricane for the breakout, as King Tigers of the SS Panzer Corps led the spearhead to the West, supported by Panthers of the battle-hardened 21st Panzer Division. Panzer by panzer, unit by unit, the breakout forces were cut down - until only a handful of Panthers, other armour, battered infantry units and columns of shattered refugees made a final escape through the rings of fire to the American lines. This first-hand account by the commander of one of those Panther tanks relates with devastating clarity the conditions inside the Kessel, the ferocity of the breakout attempt through Halbe, and the subsequent running battles between overwhelming Soviet forces and the exhausted Reich troops, who were using their last reserves of fuel, ammunition, strength and hope.
Eloquent German-perspective accounts of World War 2 are surprisingly rare, and the recent reissue of Wolfgang Faust's 1948 memoir Tiger Tracks has fascinated readers around the world with its insight into the Eastern Front. In The Last Panther, Faust used his unique knowledge of tank warfare to describe the final collapse of the Third Reich and the murderous combat between the German and Russian armies. He gives us a shocking testament to the cataclysmic final hours of the Reich, and the horrors of this last eruption of violence among the idyllic forests and meadows of Germany.

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An excellent account of life on the frontline

A gripping account of one young German tank commander's view of the chaos of the collapse of the Third Reich.It makes for tragic but compulsive listening.Aside from that it gives a great idea of the practicalities of operating a Panther and how deadly Russian armour was at the end of the war.A great listen.
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- Russell Tomlinson

Powerful WW2 Tank Warfare

Factual, horrific portrayal of the last days of Nazi Germany. Gripping storyline and details of tank combat. Violence and mass slaughter are frequently depicted, reflecting the desperate days of civilians, as well as military personnel in Germany in the last days.
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- G Marshall

Book Details

  • Release Date: 19-04-2016
  • Publisher: Audible Studios