When the Carro Armato P 40 was first designed in 1940, it was a modern tank, largely comparable in armament and armor to the German Pz Kpfw IV. Due to difficulties designing a sufficiently powerful engine, however, a prototype was not completed until 1942. By then, the design itself, despite increased armour, was becoming obsolete. Nevertheless, compared to contemporary Italian tanks, namely the Carro Armato M13/40 and Carro Armato M14/41, it was a significant improvement.
Production did not begin until 1943, and only five tanks were many before Italy surrendered. Germany continued making the P 40, producing about 100 more before production stopped in 1944.
|Carro Armato P 40|
|Armour (range)||14-50 mm|
|Speed (max)||40 km/h|
|Primary weapon||75 mm L/34 (1)|
|Secondary weapon||8 mm Breda Modello 38 (2)|