This category focuses on a wide range of Italian tanks of WW2. Here you will find an overview and specifications of Italian tanks and tankettes. Italian appreciation for effective tanks came too late and at a great cost. Prior to the late 1930s, the threat to Italy was Germany and Austro-Hungary. An Italian heavy tank would be useless in the mountainous alpine border separating Italy from these nations. Italian tanks 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 tanks of WW2 are the Fiat Ansaldo M13/40 and the Fiat M15/42.