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BattleGroup Frontlines has a new tank to show off today.
Hello and welcome to today`s BGF update.
This time we want to show you the tank hunter Ferdinand SdKfz 184. The Ferdinand was build in the factory halls of Koricus and was ordered for camouflage paintings to the paint shop of Postman778. The model was applied with the camouflages of the 654th and 653rd tank hunter units "Kursk" from the year 1943.
The Ferdinand is based on the Tiger (P) which was inferior to the Henschel tiger. The already produced 90 chassis were converted into the tank hunter Ferdinand, who became the first tank with the legendary 8.8 cm-PaK 43 / 2 L/71 which was mounted in fixed superstructure.
The 90 tanks hunters were send to Kursk and Orel, and destroyed together 500 enemy tanks. However, the Ferdinand suffers from the hasty completion and the non eliminated teething troubles which many tanks had fallen victim to and often had to be blown up by the crew.
In addition, the Ferdinand had no close combat weapon which made him an easy victim for Russian infantry, if he was not backed up by own infantry support.
Only 48 vehicles survived the operation citadel and were send back to Germany where they were also equipped with a close combat weapon, a MG 34 in front of the radio operatorâ€™s seat, and later, under the name Tank Destroyer Elephant, send to the Italian front.
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