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, 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 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 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.
The Carro Armato P26/40 was an Italian tank mounted with an Ansaldo 75 mm L/34 gun. The P40 was the heaviest tank Italy produced in WWII but few were made.
This table provides data on Italian WWII armored vehicle production numbers between 1940 and 1945. The table shows model numbers, years produced and total.