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Carro Armato M13/40


After the Carro Armato M11/39 had proven inadequate against the contemporary British tanks, the Carro Armato M13/40 was designed. Although equipped with a more powerful gun and thicker armour, in was still inferior to the Allied tanks at the time. While being classified as a medium tank by the Italians, the M13/40 is better compared to the light tanks of the time.

The M13/40 was first used in Greece, and since in North Africa. It was succeeded by the improved Carro Armato M14/41 and Carro Armato M15/42.

Technical Details

Carro Armato M13/40
Crew 4
Physical Characteristics
Weight 14 t
Length 4.92 m
Width 2.28 m
Height 2.37 m
  • Front: 30-42 mm
  • Sides and rear: 25 mm
  • Floor and roof: 6-15 mm
Speed (road) 32 km/h
Speed (cross-country) 15 km/h
Engine SPA 8T
Net h.p. 125
Primary weapon 47 mm Cannone da 47/32 M35 (1)
Secondary weapon 8 mm Breda Modello 38 (4)

Further Reading


  1. CAPPELLANO, F. & BATTISTELLI, P. P. New Vanguard 192 - Italian Medium Tanks 1939-45. Oxford : Osprey Publishing, 2012. 48 p. ISBN 978-1-84908-775-9.