|Carro Armato M15/42|
Carro Armato M15/42 on display at the Musée des Blindés in Saumur
|Place of origin||Italy|
|Used by|| Italy|
Italian Social Republic
|Wars||World War II|
|Produced||1 January 1943 - 8 September 1943|
|Number built||90 (made for Italian Army) and 28 (made for German Army)|
|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|
|4 x 8 mm Breda 38 machine guns|
|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 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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