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Carro Armato M15/42

Medium Tank

Kingdom of Italy | 1943

"The Carro Armato M15/42 served for a time with the Italian Army, most noted for its use in the defense of Rome against Nazi Germany."

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The Italian Carro Armato M.15/42 medium tank was nothing more than a further development of the M.14/41 series with one of the more distinguishable features being the exclusion of the left side-hull crew hatch in the M.15/42. Though not produced to the numbers that the former was, the M.15/42 nonetheless played a high profile role in the defense of Rome against German occupation once Italy had dropped from the ranks of the Axis powers and joined alongside the Allies. In the end, the M.15/42 series was another in the long line of less-than stellar yet adequate Italian tank designs appearing throughout the war - regardless for which side.

The M.15/42 appeared by 1943, of which only 82 examples were produced compared to the 1,100 or so of the preceding M.14/41 tank. The M.15/42 was simply armed with a 47mm main gun - hardly a powerful armament even in 1943 - and up to four Modello type 8mm machine guns in various places throughout the design. The tanks appearance was characterized by an angular turret and hull while 6 road wheels were fitted to either track side. Power was derived from a single SPA 15 TB M42 8-cylinder gasoline engine - developing some 192hp - and mounted to the rear of the hull.

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Power & Performance
Those special qualities that separate one land system design from another. Performance specifications presented assume optimal operating conditions for the Carro Armato M15/42 Medium Tank.
1 x Fiat SPA 15 TB M42 8-cylinder gasoline engine devleoping 192hp.
Installed Power
25 mph
40 kph
Road Speed
137 miles
220 km
The physical qualities of the Carro Armato M15/42 Medium Tank.
16.5 ft
5.04 meters
O/A Length
7.3 ft
2.23 meters
O/A Width
7.8 ft
2.39 meters
O/A Height
34,172 lb
15,500 kg | 17.1 tons
Armament & Ammunition
Available supported armament, ammunition, and special-mission equipment featured in the design of the Carro Armato M15/42 Medium Tank.
1 x 47mm L/40 main gun
4 x 8mm Modello 38 machine guns
Not Available.
Nightvision - NONE
Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear Protection (CBRN) - NONE
Notable series variants as part of the Carro Armato M15/42 family line.
M.15/41 - Based on the M.13/40 with improvements including more powerful engine.
M.15/42 - Based on the M.15/41 design; lengthened hull; improved engine performance; improved speed.
Global customers who have evaluated and/or operated the Carro Armato M15/42. Nations are displayed by flag, each linked to their respective national land systems listing.

Total Production: 82 Units

Contractor(s): FIAT / Ansaldo - Italy
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Image of the Carro Armato M15/42
Right side view of the Carro Armato M15/42 tank at rest

Design Qualities
Some designs are single-minded in their approach while others offer a more versatile solution to battlefield requirements.
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Going Further...
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