The Elefant - considered to be WW2's most successful tank destroyer with a 10:1 kills per loss ratio


This trial is called by us by oh hsit they're throwing molotovs! *considered successful by k/d ratio. Can't get spare parts for 'em, can't make more of 'em, can barely move the things that are damn. ...



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  • We call this trial by oh hsit they're throwing molotovs!
  • *considered successful by k/d ratio. Can't get spare parts for 'em, can't make more of 'em, can barely move the damn things.
  • Most succesful redeployable bunker more like.
  • Yup. There's way more to 'most successful' than K/D.
  • Not saying they were the best armoured vehicle in WW2 by a longshot, but that is a damn impressive KD ratio if true
  • I thought the Jagdpanther was considered more successful?
  • Possibly considered more mechanically reliable and easier to recover and repair? The Elefant was none of those things
  • The Panther really wasn't much, if any, more reliable than the Ferdinand.
  • Actually if memory serves, the Jagdpanthers were far more reliable then actual Panthers and had improved rear drives and transmissions.
  • The Jagdpanther's final drives, left over from when the design was based on the Panther II before being converted over to the Panther I Ausf G, lasted from 35 to 500 km according to British testing while the regular Panthers in peace time French service lasted on average 150 km. They might have been a lot better but that's not saying much, still no where close to the thousands of kilometers allied equivalents could handle. The gearbox remains the same AK 7-200 as in the Panther I although there were studies to mount the Tiger's Maybach OLVAR on the Jagdpanther. From Panzer Tracts 9-3 "During the approx. 300 km march.. the following mechanical failures occurred in the 25 Jagdpanthers: 18 final drives, 2 HL 230 engines, 3 oil coolers, 3 fan drives, 2 idlers, 1 idler crank arm, 1 torsion bar, 4 road wheels, 4 drive sprockets, and 1 main drive shaft as well as wearing out 109 track links..."
  • Wow thanks for the info
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