Fridge: Sven Hassel

  • Crowning Moment of Awesome: One for each book - the climactic battle / commando mission / daring recon mission where the supposedly atrocious 27th Panzer Regiment pulls an unmatched feat of badassery. All of them 100% fictional, including the masterpiece of the series, SS General, where they break out of Stalingrad encirclement, led by the titular Waffen-SS General.
  • Fridge Logic: The whole idea of a penal Panzer regiment in an army desperately short of armour. While often without a tank to its name, on other occasions 27th Panzer has been equipped with rare Panthers and Tigers and even SdKfz 234 "Puma", which were only allocated to elite Panzer divisions, not a unit that's supposed to be the dregs of the Wehrmacht.
    • The bragging about having the most desirable military decorations in the Reich and from outside the Reich in a penal regiment (which usually got no awards at all, despite whatever heroism they might have shown). Julius Heide gets at one point the Order of the Black Eagle, which has not been awarded ever after 1918 and it was anyway a Prussian order which only the deceased Emperor Wilhelm II could award.