Carro Armato Leggero M24 (M24 Chaffee in Italian Service)

Italian Republic (1950-1970s) Light Tank – 518 Operated The Carro Armato Leggero M24 (English: M24 Light Tank) was the Italian designation for the M24 Chaffee tanks that were delivered to the Repubblica Italiana (English: Italian Republic) after 1950. The tank had entered service with the US Army in 1944 with the aim of replacing the…

Renault R35 in Italian Service

Kingdom of Italy (1941-1943) Light Tank – 104 Operated The Renault R35 was a French light tank that was sent to the Italians by the Germans in 1941 to strengthen the armored component of the Regio Esercito (English: Royal Italian Army). The Italians equipped the CI and CII Battaglione Carri (English: 101st and 102nd Tank…

FIAT Panda Iª and IIª Serie

Italian Republic (1980-Present) City Car – 4,000,000+ Built The FIAT Panda is one of the most iconic cars produced by FIAT of Turin, and to this day, it remains a symbol in Italian culture. The car was produced starting from 1980 and was widely distributed among the police and armed forces. It also had some…

Semovente da 47/32 su Scafo L3

Kingdom of Italy (1939) Self-Propelled Gun – 1 Prototype Built The Semovente da 47/32 su Scafo L3 was an Italian prototype self-propelled support gun based on the hull of the Carro Armato L3/35 (English: Light Tank 3-tonne model 1935). It was developed during the Interwar period to provide Italian assault infantry units with a light…

Cannone da 25/72 (Canon de 25 mm Semi-Automatique Lèger Modèle 1934 and Modèle 1937 in Italian Service)

Kingdom of Italy (1940-1943) Anti-Tank Gun – 293 Operated The Cannone da 25/72 (English: 25 mm L/72 Cannon) was the most common captured anti-tank gun employed by the Regio Esercito (English: Royal Army) during the Second World War. The Cannoni da 25/72 were actually captured by French Canon de 25 mm Semi-Automatique Lèger Modèle 1934…

Pantserwagen M38 (Landsverk 180 in Dutch Service)

Kingdom of the Netherlands (1938-1940) Armored Car – 14 Purchased Pantserwagen M-38 was the name used by the Koninklijke Nederlandse Landmacht (English: Royal Netherlands Army) to refer to the 14 Swedish Landsverk 180 armored cars it had purchased in 1937. They were organized into an armored car squadron that fought fiercely during the German invasion…

Carro Armato Leggero M3A3 (M3A3 Light Tank in Italian Service)

Italian Republic (1949-Mid-1950s) Light Tank – Unknown Number Operated The Light Tank M3, produced by the United States starting in 1941, was delivered to the Esercito Italiano (English: Italian Army) in the late 1940s. The Esercito Italiano, having been reconstituted after the previous Regio Esercito (English: Royal Italian Army) was essentially dissolved during the Second…

Italian Armored Units During the Italian Invasion of Albania

Kingdom of Italy (1939) On 7th April 1939, the armed forces of the Kingdom of Italy invaded the small Albanian Kingdom. Among the attacking forces, there were armored units that took part in the few clashes that occurred during the three-day invasion. All units were equipped with Carri Armati L3/35 (English: 3 ton Light Tanks…

GM Otter Light Reconnaissance Car Mk.I in Italian Service

Kingdom of Italy/Italian Republic (1944-1950) Armored Car – Unknown Number Operated The GM Otter Light Reconnaissance Car Mk.I, also known as the Car, Light Reconnaissance, GM, Mk.I, was a Canadian reconnaissance armored car that was utilized by the Esercito Cobelligerante Italiano (English: Italian Co-Belligerent Army) after 1944 and, subsequently, by the Esercito Italiano (English: Italian…

Cannone da 47/32 Modello 1935

Kingdom of Italy (1935-1945) Support/Anti-Tank Cannon – 928 Built The Cannone da 47/32 Modello 1935 (English: 47 mm L.32 Cannon Model 1935), commonly known as ‘Elefantino’ (English: Little Elephant) by Italian troops, was the main support/anti-tank cannon of the Italian Regio Esercito (English: Royal Army) before and during Second World War. The Cannone da 47/32…

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