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Offline Tom E. Gunn

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Enter the "Elefant"
« on: December 08, 2016, 11:31:00 AM »
This beast is currently en route across the Atlantic headed for The Tank Museum!  The vehicle is being loaned by the Ordnance Museum at Fort Lee, VA, by The United States Army Center of Military History and will feature in the forthcoming exhibition "The Tiger Collection". It was captured by US forces at Anzio in June '44.
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Re: Enter the "Elefant"
« Reply #1 on: December 08, 2016, 01:22:39 PM »
Some trunk on that beast !!!
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Re: Enter the "Elefant"
« Reply #2 on: December 08, 2016, 08:42:30 PM »
   Now you guys play nice with our toys  ;D.   Scott
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Re: Enter the "Elefant"
« Reply #3 on: December 09, 2016, 12:02:07 AM »
Some trunk on that beast !!!

88mm PAK 43/2...capable of knocking out any tank of the period at extreme range. However, despite the size and offensive power of the vehicle it was essentially a flawed design. The main armament was in a fixed casemate with minimal traverse. Thus the whole vehicle needed to be brought to bear on its target. Also...it had very many blind-spots...as the Soviets soon discovered as they swarmed all over them with their Molotov cocktails and satchel charges! The first production Elefants did not even have a defensive MG...something which was added retrospectively in the light of combat experience. Also, almost as many were lost to mechanical breakdown as combat damage.
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