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My son asked me the following question, which is faster a War Chariot or a War Elephant?
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You mean historically, or physically?
Horses are way faster than Elephants. Elephant: 25mph; Horse: 55mph.
Reenactors have shown that light (i.e., four-spoke Egyptian) war chariots on flat even ground are as fast as horses -- maybe faster, because the horse isn't bearing the weight of the man.
With that said, elephants in the jungle might be effectively faster than horses -- an elephant can ignore a stand of bamboo that would be impassable to a horse.