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Carro Armato M15/42


Medium Tank (1943)


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Right side view of the Carro Armato M15/42 tank at rest

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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.

Specifications



Service Year
1943

Origin
Kingdom of Italy national flag graphic
Kingdom of Italy

Crew
4
CREWMEN
Production
82
UNITS


FIAT / Ansaldo - Italy
National flag of modern Germany National flag of Nazi Germany National flag of Italy National flag of the Kingdom of Italy Kingdom of Italy; Nazi Germany
(OPERATORS list includes past, present, and future operators when applicable)
Infantry Support
Support allied ground forces through weapons, inherent capabilities, and / or onboard systems.
Medium Tank
Design providing enhanced armor protection and firepower over that of lightweight offerings - but lacking the general capabilities of heavier solutions.
Tank-vs-Tank
Engage armored vehicles of similar form and function.


Length
16.5 ft
5.04 m
Width
7.3 ft
2.23 m
Height
7.8 ft
2.39 m
Weight
34,172 lb
15,500 kg
Tonnage
17.1 tons
LIGHT
(Showcased structural values pertain to the base Carro Armato M15/42 production variant. Length typically includes main gun in forward position if applicable to the design)
Powerplant: 1 x Fiat SPA 15 TB M42 8-cylinder gasoline engine devleoping 192hp.
Speed
24.9 mph
(40.0 kph)
Range
136.7 mi
(220.0 km)
(Showcased performance specifications pertain to the base Carro Armato M15/42 production variant. Compare this entry against any other in our database)
1 x 47mm L/40 main gun
4 x 8mm Modello 38 machine guns


Supported Types


Graphical image of a tank cannon armament
Graphical image of a tank medium machine gun


(Not all weapon types may be represented in the showcase above)
Not Available.


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.


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