Background on the Fiat-Ansaldo M 14/41
The Fiat-Ansaldo M 14/41, or Carro Armato M 14-41, was essentially the M 13/40 fitted with a more powerful diesel engine that was equipped with air filters designed to cope with the harsh conditions of the desert. Production amounted to 752 of these vehicles which had a similar specification to the M 13/40 except for an increase in speed to 20 mph (33 km/h) and in weight to 14.5 tons.
The vehicle made its introduction in 1941. Besides the powerful engine, the Fiat M 14-41 had different outlet radiator grills, mud clearing blades at the drive sprockets and elongated fenders. Six tank battalions were equipped with the Fiat M 14/41 and they were the 13th, 14th, 15th, 16th, 17th, and 18th. The last Fiat M 14-41 to arrive in North Africa landed in Bizerte, Tunisia in late 1942. The Fiat M 14/41 saw action in Tunisia in 1943.
The Carro Armato M14-41 suffered from a variety of deficiencies such as unreliability and easily caught on fire when hit.
The M 14/41 chassis was used on the Semovente da 90/53 tank destroyer.
Fiat M 14/41 Specifications
|Specifications||Fiat-Ansaldo M 14/41|
|Armor||6 mm to 30 mm|
|Length||16.12 ft (4.915 m)|
|Width||7.48 ft (2.28 m)|
|Height||7.7 ft (2.37 m)|
|Armament||47mm Ansaldo 47/32 87 Rnds (2) 8 mm Breda Model 38 MG’s (2,664 rounds)|
|Speed||21 mph (33 km/h)|
|Powerplant||Fiat SPA 15T V-8 Deisel Engine with 145 HP|