M15/42

The Carro Armato M15/42 was the last Italian medium tank produced during World War II. It was based on the earlier M13/40 and M14/41 medium tanks, and was built with the lessons from the North African Campaign in mind. The machine was meant to be a stopgap until the heavier P26/40 tank could be produced in numbers. The machine did not serve in North Africa, the theatre in which it was intended to operate, but served in Italy and in Yugoslavia with the German Wehrmacht.

M15/42
Class Vehicle
Type Armoured Fighting Vehicle
Manufacturer Fiat
Origin Italy
Country Name Origin Year
Italy 1942
Country Name Operational Year Retirement Year
Germany View
Italy 1943 1945 View
ManufacturerName Production From Production To Quantity
Fiat 1943 82 View
GENERAL DATA
Formal DesignationCarro Armato M15/42 (Fiat)
Manufacturer(s)Fiat
Production Quantity82Production Period1943
TypeMedium TankCrew4
Length hull/overall (m)5.04Barrel Overhang (m)n.a.
Width (m)2.23Height (m)2.39
Combat Weight (kg)15500Radio Equipmentn.a.
FIREPOWER
Primary Armament47mm L/40Ammunition Carried111
Traverse (degrees)Electric (360°)Elevation (degrees)-10° to +20°
Traverse speed (360°)n.a.Sightn.a.
Secondary Armament3 x 8mm Breda M38 (coaxial, 2 x bow)Ammunition Carried2640


MOBILITY CHARACTERISTICS
Engine Make & ModelSPA 15TB M42No. of Links/Trackn.a.
Type & DisplacementV8Track Widthn.a.
Horsepower (max.)192hpTrack Ground Contactn.a.
Power/Weight Ratio12.4Ground Pressuren.a.
Gearbox5 forward, 1 reverseGround Clearance (m)n.a.
FuelGasoline (Petrol)Turning Radius (m)n.a.
Range on/off road (km)220Gradient (degrees)31°
Mileage (liters/100km)n.a.Vertical Obstacle (m)0.8
Fuel Capacity (liters)n.a.Fording (m)1.0
Speed on/off road40 km/hTrench Crossing (m)2.10
ARMOR PROTECTION
Armor (mm@degrees)FrontSideRearTop/Bottom
Hull30@round25@025@206@90
Superstructure12+30@1125@925@014@90
Turret12+37@1625@2225@2214@85
Mantlet37@round---
WWW2, EGT


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