Fiat-Ansaldo M 14/41 Details and Specifications

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.

This Fiat-Ansaldo M1441 can be seen with tracks being used for additional armor protection.

This Fiat-Ansaldo M1441 can be seen with tracks being used for additional armor protection.

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.

A column of Fiat- Ansaldo M14/41 in Tunisia.

A column of Fiat- Ansaldo M14/41’s in Tunisia.

Effectiveness

The Carro Armato M14-41 suffered from a variety of deficiencies such as unreliability and easily caught on fire when hit.

Production

1941: 376

1942: 376

Total: 752

Variant

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
Class Medium Tank
Armor 6 mm to 30 mm
Range 210 km
Weight 14.5 Tons
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)
Crew 4
Speed 21 mph (33 km/h)
Powerplant Fiat SPA 15T V-8 Deisel Engine with 145 HP
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