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Elefant on the Grass by Flipomucho Elefant on the Grass by Flipomucho
Sd. Kfz. 184 Elefant - S.Pz.Abt 653 - Italy, Spring 1944

All the textures & mods by Flipomucho.

I would to express my gratitude to Randy, Ranman38, who kindly allow me to use his Bump maps (Zimmerit & hull) on this model. Thank you my friend !

* Elefant model (DS/Poser) by Digimation & Vanishing Point
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:iconc4mper:
fantastic job, so many details, great (!!!)....
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:iconflipomucho:
At that point of war Germany needed a different type of tanks and maybe the Panther was the closest model, but also I think that the Elefant was a very good design who suffered two serious handicaps:

1- An improvised construction, together with the German bad habit to correct defects 'on the fly'. Many Elefant were abandoned in Russian plains by mechanical failures rather than being destroyed by the enemy.

2- The Elefant was a superb long range tank destroyer who equiped with the excellent 88mm PaK 43/2 L/71 gun was capable to destroy any enemy armoured vehicle at distances higher than 3500 meters. The longest distance achieved to knocking out a T34 was rated over 3 miles (4,8 Kms) !

This precise long-range weapon was intended to take out enemy tanks before they reached their own range of effective fire, and here is the tactical error: it must face his enemies at a very short-range combat, a common fact due to the chronic lack of German resources.

It was a natural born defensive killer, not an offensive unit.

The Elefant was - in terms of kills per loss - the best tank destroyer in WW II. During the battle of Kursk (1943), 84 Elefants were used by two Jägerpanzerbattalion (653 and 654). Both battalions destroyed 556 soviet tanks and 1200 artillery pieces !
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:iconmec518:
The elefant tank... A Good idea on paper, but was horrible on the battlefield. This tank had so many flaws on it that its was a laughing joke. First off, when this rolled out to Russia, it had no MG's on it whatsoever, and any russian infantry could just walk up to it and plant a charge on it, or open up the hatch and throw a grenade inside the tank. Also because of it being a one piece tank, rear and sides completely vulnerable and would not survive a hit from a T-34 or a KV1. It was good that they reused the origonal Tiger Tank chassis for the vehicle, but I think they needed more time in design before they brought this out. The Germans made excellent tanks dont get me wrong, but there were some that leaved a lot to be desired.
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:iconwolfenkrieger:
s.Pz.Jag.Abt 653 with Ferdinand Tanks claimed to have knocked out 320 enemy tanks, for the loss of 13 Ferdinands in Kursk Battle , but the general total of kill ratio of War was approximately 10 : 1 , because in fact the Soviet Red Army was the real very , very good in paper....propaganda paper because Zitadell ended because the AMERICANS invade Italy and many Panzer Divisions where moved to Italy , from the battle of France to the End in Berlin the Pazerwaffe always fight with Quality vs Numbers.

One sad reallity , with all Tigers destroyed in all allied and soviet tales the number are superior to the production total lolz.
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:iconrob-cavanna:
Wow! Very impressie work. :thumbsup: :nod:
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:iconfalcon01:
Neat! kinda looks like its sitting above the grass rather than on it but still awesome!
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