I’m sure we’re all aware of War Elephants - The heavily armoured Elephants which were ridden by archers and spearman into war, pretty much fulfilling the role of a tank in ancient warfare. However, were they actually that practical?


Don’t get me wrong, They definitely would have destroyed enemy morale. If a giant angry elephant coated in metal came running towards you at full speed, you’d probably be shitting yourself. But if a dedicated and experienced group of enemies managed to flank the Elephant, they could probably kill or seriously injure it. It would also be an absolute logistical nightmare to keep multiple Elephants in good shape over the course of a military campaign


So the question remains. How effective were they? Were they like the formidable Tigers of WWII, or the imposing but unreliable land ships of WWI? Let me know what you think.