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.
Category: Armored Vehicles
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Semovente da 105/25, known as the “Bassotto” (Dachshund) was the most powerful Italian Self-Propelled Guns (SPG) built during World War Two.
The Semovente da 75/18 is an Italian Self Propelled Gun mounted an obice da 75/18 mod. 34 field gun. It was effective in the North African campaign.
The Fiat L6/40 Tank was developed as a replacement to the Carro Veloce CV 33 tankettet. Armament included a Breda Modello 35 20 mm gun and 8 mm Breda 38 MG.