This category focuses on a wide range of Italian armored vehicles. Here you will find an overview and specifications of Italian tankettes, light tanks, medium tanks, along with self-propelled guns, and various prototypes. Italian appreciation of the need for well armored and effective tanks came too late and at a great cost. Prior to the late 1930s, the threat to Italy was Germany and Austro-Hungary. Tanks would be useless in the mountainous alpine border separating Italy from these nations. Italian tanks of World War 2 were underpowered, thinly armored and few in number. The various successful engagements by Italian armored divisions are mainly due to the courage of the tank crews in aggressively engaging a superior force. Some well known Italian armored vehicles are the Fiat Ansaldo M 13/40 and the Semovente da 75/18.