Armored Vehicles

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.

Autoblinda AB 40 and AB 41 Armored Cars

Italian armored car Autoblinda AB 40 was introduced in small numbers in 1940. The Autoblinda AB 41 saw extensive service on most fronts in World War Two.

Carro Veloce CV 33 (L3/33) & CV 35 (L3/35) Tankette

The Carro Veloce CV 33 and CV 35, also known as L3/33 and L3/35 tankettes were Italian armored fighting vehicles used during World War Two.

Semovente da 75/34 Details and Specifications

The Semovente da 75/34 is an Italian Self-Propelled Gun (SPG) developed in World War Two and saw limited action in Italy and the Balkans.

Fiat-Ansaldo M 14/41 Details and Specifications

The Fiat-Ansaldo M 14/41 was an improved version of the M 13/40. Approximately 752 units were built between 1941 and 1942 and used in the Tunisian campaign.

RSI Armored Vehicles

A listing of RSI armored vehicles and tanks utilized by the various armed forces of the Repubblica Sociale Italiana between 1943-1945.

Fiat-Ansaldo M 11/39 Details and Specifications

The Fiat-Ansaldo M 11/39 was primarily designed as infantry support in mountainous terrain. The tank was quickly outclassed and only 100 units were produced.

Fiat-Ansaldo M13/40 Details and Specifications

The Fiat M13/40 is an Italian medium tank built in 1940. The tank mounted a 47/32 gun and lacked radios. Three battalions were deployed to North Africa.

Semovente da 90/53 Details and Specifications

The Semovente da 90/53 was designed as response to the need of an armored vehicle capable of defeating Soviet T-35 and KV-1 tanks on the Eastern Front.

Fiat-Ansaldo M 15/42 Details and Specifications

The Fiat-Ansaldo M 15/42 entered service in 1943. Because of the Italian armistice, it never saw action against the Allies. A total of 118 were built.

Semovente da 105/25: Italy’s Most Powerful SPG

The Semovente da 105/25, known as the “Bassotto” (Dachshund) was the most powerful Italian Self-Propelled Guns (SPG) built during World War Two.

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