This week the forces of the Third Reich can add a real monster of a tank to their arsenal as we release the colossal Ferdinand heavy tank destroyer!
The Ferdinand was optimised for destroying Soviet T-34 tanks and 76.2mm anti-tank guns from a range of over 3 miles, with its 88mm Pak43/2 L/71 main gun.
Ferdinands first saw combat in the Battle of Kursk, where eighty-nine were committed and claimed to have knocked out over 300 enemy tanks, for the loss of just 13. They were, however, dogged by mechanical failures in these early stages of it’s combat life.
A pre-cursor to the Elefant, the Ferdinand lacked it’s successor’s defensive machine gun which made it vulnerable to infantry assaults. You can find the rules for fielding this beast in games of Bolt Action in our Additional Units PDF here.