Both the 12-ton Sd.Kfz. 8 half-track (at right) and the 8.8cm Flak 36 it is towing are camouflaged with a dark yellow pattern over dark grey. They are passing by the weapon that turned out to be the hit of the summer of 1943 the Elefant. During the fighting on the Kursk bulge, the Elefant won immortal fame as the heaviest AFV of this period. In the following decades this vehicle was described almost solely as unsuccessful and basically inefficient in combat. This description is based mainly on one statistic, the number of Elefants that were lost, which was 39 pieces. The losses were, in fact, heavy, but they were only about 50% of the strength of Jagdpanzer Regiment 656 (comprising Pz.Jag.Abt.653 and Pz.Jag.Abt.654). It should be noted that the same percentage of losses was experienced in some Tiger units. The German Elefant crews forced the Soviets to pay a very high price for their victories. As of 27 July 1943, during only 22 days of battle, the Elefants destroyed 502 tanks and many other weapons. The camouflage of the Elefant seen in this photo consists of large green spots on a dark yellow background. Note that there is no tactical number.