Ferdinand and Elefant Tank Destroyer

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A book by the specialist for the specialist, this is a must-have history of the most powerful German tank destroyer of World War II – the Ferdinand/Elefant.

This is the story of the largest and statistically most successful tank destroyer of World War II. The Ferdinand was a true behemoth, and although only 91 examples were built, they took a savage toll of Soviet armour in the Battle of Kursk and subsequent operations on the Eastern Front.

This study explores the technical development and combat deployment of this remarkable vehicle, from its' origins in the Porsche Tiger Tank through its deployment under the designation 'Ferdinand' in the Citadel offensive, to its modification and redesignation as the 'Elefant' and final use in the desperate Battle of Berlin.

Drawing on original archival material from within Germany, private collections and heretofore unpublished photographs this title is an essential illustrated history to one of the most famous armoured vehicles ever built.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1 New Weapons
Chapter 2 Birth of a Regiment
Chapter 3 Kursk – PzJgRgt 656 on the Attack
Chapter 4 From Kursk to Nikopol
Chapter 5 Reconditioning in the Reich
Chapter 6 Combat in Italy
Chapter 7 Back in Russia
Chapter 8 Decline


Product details

Published Apr 20 2015
Format Ebook (PDF)
Edition 1st
Extent 256
ISBN 9781472813466
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 200 b/w
Series General Military
Short code GNM
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

About the contributors


Thomas Anderson

Thomas Anderson is a specialist on German armoured…


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