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Carro Armato L3-35Lf (Lanciafiamme)


Mobile Flamethrower Tankette (1940)


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The Carro Armato L3-35Lf was nothing more than the L3 series Italian tankette reworked into a flame-throwing tank.



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After a good showing of its man-portable backpack flamethrowers in Ethiopia, the Italian Army moved to expand the effectiveness of this lethal weapon. The system was revised some and enlarged to be installed in the existing Carro Armato L3/38 tankette series to produce the L3-35Lf (Lanciafiamme) mobile flamethrowing vehicle. The tankette retained its crew of two but one of the hull-mounted machine guns was replaced by the flame projector which was positioned offset to left in the upper hull superstructure (the driver sat right of the weapon). Behind the vehicle was a two-wheeled carriage (weighing 1,100lb) containing the necessary propellant stores for the weapon. A rigid arm joined the two components while a flexible hose was used to drive the propellant from trailer to tankette. The trailer was required as there proved little room within the vehicle itself to store the flammable contents.

In practice, the vehicles proved of limited value on the battlefields of World War 2 (1939-1945) as time wore on. Crew conditions were cramped and armor protection was light while no defensive armament was fitted. The projector held a range of about 25 yards and could fire a stream for 20 seconds total - further limiting any advantage the vehicle had. Regardless, the L3-35lf became the most widely used of all the Italian flame-projecting tanks available.

A revised form of the vehicle finally did away with the trailer and mounted a smaller fuel/propellant store atop the rear hull of the tankette.

Specifications



Service Year
1940

Origin
Kingdom of Italy national flag graphic
Kingdom of Italy

Crew
2
CREWMEN
Production
50
UNITS


State Factories - Italy
National flag of Italy National flag of the Kingdom of Italy Kingdom of Italy
(OPERATORS list includes past, present, and future operators when applicable)
Infantry Support
Support allied ground forces through weapons, inherent capabilities, and / or onboard systems.
Tank-vs-Tank
Engage armored vehicles of similar form and function.
Special Purpose
Special purpose design developed to accomplish an equally-special battlefield role or roles.


Length
10.4 ft
3.17 m
Width
4.6 ft
1.4 m
Height
4.3 ft
1.3 m
Weight
9,811 lb
4,450 kg
Tonnage
4.9 tons
LIGHT
(Showcased structural values pertain to the Carro Armato L3-35Lf production variant. Length typically includes main gun in forward position if applicable to the design)
Powerplant: 1 x FIAT-SPA CV3 4-cylinder water-cooled engine developing 43 horsepower.
Speed
24.9 mph
(40.0 kph)
Range
62.1 mi
(100.0 km)
(Showcased performance specifications pertain to the Carro Armato L3-35Lf production variant. Compare this entry against any other in our database)
1 x Flame projector.


Supported Types




(Not all weapon types may be represented in the showcase above)
20 seconds of fuel/propellant.


L3-35Lf (Lanciafiamme) - Base Series Designation


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