|Born||27 May 1922|
Zweibrücken, Weimar Republic
|Died||24 January 2015 92) (aged|
|Years of service||1940–45|
|Unit|| 502nd heavy tank battalion |
512th Heavy Panzerjäger Battalion
|Battles/wars||World War II|
|Awards||Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves|
Otto Carius (27 May 1922 – 24 January 2015) was a German tank commander in the army of Nazi Germany during World War II. He was a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves.
Soon after Otto Carius graduated from school, World War II broke out. Carius enlisted in the army, and was only accepted after twice being rejected as unfit for service due to being underweight. He first served in the infantry, before volunteering for the Panzer branch.In 1943, Carius transferred to the 502nd Heavy Panzer Battalion. He became commander of a Jagdtiger company of the 512th Heavy Antitank Battalion at the beginning of 1945. On 8 March 1945, 2nd Company was directed to the front line near Siegburg, where it took part in the defense of the River Rhine. He surrendered to the United States Army on 7 May 1945 and was released on 21 May 1945. He is considered a "panzer ace" credited with destroying more than 150 enemy tanks and 1 Plane, mostly on the Eastern Front.
After the war, Carius studied pharmacy at Heidelberg University and set up a pharmacy which he named the "Tiger Apotheke" as a tribute to the Tiger tank. He also authored a book about his wartime experiences called "Tigers in the Mud", which was released in 1960. Carius ran his pharmacy until retiring in 2011. He died on 24 January 2015 at age 92.