The Elefant

Issue Number: 5017

1943, on the battlefields of the Steppes of Kursk, the largest tank battle in history occurred. More than 6,000 tanks were involved in the deadly skirmish with over 1,000 tanks taken victim. Oberfeldwebel Heinz Schmitt and his crew were there.

After Heinz’s Panzer Mark IV tank was destroyed, it was replaced with a Ferdinand tank destroyer. But the Ferdinand had a major flaw. It had no forward mounted machine gun, which made them vulnerable to magnetic mines. To fix the problem a new tank destroyer was built – same as the Ferdinand but better. This was…


Story: Colin Watson
Art: Vicente Alcazar
Cover: David Alexander