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…

Autoblinda Lancia Lince

Kingdom of Italy/German Reich/Italian Social Republic/Italian Partisans/Italian Republic (1944-1951) Scout Car – 128~250 Built When the Second World War broke out, the Italian Regio Esercito (English: Royal Army) was not equipped with a fast and lightly armored scout car. After the experience gained in the North African Campaign, in which the Italian Army captured some…

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…

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…

AB41 in Italian Republic Service

Italian Republic (1945-1954) Medium Armored Car – Unknown Number Operated After the Second World War, the surviving AB41 armored cars, formerly of the Regio Esercito (English: Royal Army), were put in service with the new Esercito Italiano (English: Italian Army), the Polizia di Stato (English: State Police), and the Arma dei Carabinieri (English: Arm of…

B1 Centauro

Italian Republic (1989-Present) Wheeled Tank Destroyer – ~493 Built The concept of a fast tank destroyer for the Italian Army was conceived during the Cold War in order to replace some vehicles then in Italian service, such as the then obsolete M47 Patton. Such a vehicle was also meant to support the slower M60A3 Patton…

M47 Patton in Italian Service

Italian Republic (1952-1989) Main Battle Tank – 2,580 Purchased The M47 Patton was designed in 1949 by the United States’ military (Detroit Arsenal, US Army, Corps of Engineers, and Corps of Ordnance) to replace the aging US tank fleet of obsolete M4 Shermans, M26 Pershings, and M46 Pattons. It never saw active combat with the…