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Carro Armato M15/42
Carro Armato M15/42 on display at the Musée des Blindés in Saumur
Type Medium Tank
Place of origin Italy Italy
Service history
In service 1943-1945
Used by Italy Italy
 Italian Social Republic
Nazi Germany Nazi Germany
Wars World War II
Production history
Designer Ansaldo
Designed 1942
Manufacturer Fiat
Produced 1 January 1943 - 8 September 1943
Number built 90 (made for Italian Army) and 28 (made for German Army)
Variants M16/43 (canceled)
Weight 15.5 tonnes
Length 4.92 m (16ft 2in)
Width 2.20 m (7ft 2.5in)
Height 2.40 m (7ft 10.49in)
Crew 4 (Commander, Radioman, Driver, Gunner/Loader)

Armor 50 mm frontal armour

42 mm side armour

47 mm / L40 gun
111 rounds
4 x 8 mm Breda 38 machine guns
Engine SPA petrol
192 hp
Suspension Two 4 wheel bogies, semi-elliptic leaf spring
200 km (124.2 miles)
Speed 40 km/h (24.8 mph)

The Carro Armato M15/42 was an Italian medium tank of World War II. Italy begun production on 1 January 1943. By mid 1943, Italy had made 90 of them prior to the Italian Armistice on 8 September 1943. In connection to that event, Italian formations from the 135th Armoured Division Ariete II fought against German troops moving to disarm them in Rome, M15/42s were among the tanks they used in this battle. After that point, Germany confiscated all remaining M15/42s. Under the Germans an additional 28 incomplete M15/42s were produced. Basic armament was one 47 mm / L40 main gun and four 8 mm Breda 38 machine guns. The official Italian designation was Carro Armato M 15/42. This includes the designation ("armored tank"), the tank classification ("M" for medium tank), the weight in tonnes (15), and the year of adoption (1942).

The M15/42 was developed from the M13/40 and the M14/41. It had a more powerful engine and air filters to cope with the harsh conditions of the desert.

The turret had an improved (compared to the 47 mm / L32 on the M13) 47 mm / L40 main gun with an elevation of +20 degrees and a depression of –10 degrees. The turret operated electrically and could traverse 360 degrees. On top of the turret was an 8 mm Breda 38 machine gun for anti-aircraft defense, two more co-axial machine guns mounted the sides of the main gun and two more in the front of the M15/42.

The Semovente 75/34 self-propelled gun used the same chassis as the M15/42.

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