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Carro Armato M11/39


The Carro Armato M11/39 was Italy's first medium tank. It was designed after the Spanish Civil War, and entered production in 1939 when 100 were ordered.

The M11/39 was not a success, due to its thin armour and relatively weak main gun (which was mounted in the hull, limiting the traverse).

After a disastrous combat debut against the British in North Africa in 1940-08, production was discontinued in favour of the improved Carro Armato M13/40.

Technical Details

Carro Armato M11/39
Physical Characteristics
Length 4.73 m
Width 2.18 m
Height 2.3 m
Armour (max) 30 mm
Primary weapon 37 mm Vickers-Temi L/40 (1)
Secondary weapon 8 mm Breda (2)

Further Reading


  1. WINCHESTER, Jim. Tanks and Armoured Fighting Vehicles of WWII : The World's Greatest Military Vehicles 1939-1945. Enderby : Silverdale Books, 2003. 320 p. ISBN 1 85605-753-4.