Renault R35 in Italian Service

Kingdom of Italy (1941-1943) Light Tank – 104 Used 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 3000

Kingdom of Italy (1919-1943) Medium Tank – ~152 Built The FIAT 3000, with its two versions, the Modello 1921 (English: Model 1921) and Modello 1930 (English: Model 1930), was an Italian light tank built as an indigenous version of the French Renault FT. Initially referred to as the Carro d’Assalto (English: Assault Tank), it operated…

Carro Armato Leggero L6/40

Kingdom of Italy (1941-1943) Light Reconnaissance Tank – 432 Built The Carro Armato Leggero L6/40 was a light reconnaissance tank used by the Italian Regio Esercito (English: Royal Army) from May 1941 until the Armistice with the Allied forces in September 1943. It was the only turret-equipped light tank of the Italian Army and was…

Carro Armato M15/42

Kingdom of Italy (1942-1945) Medium Tank – 167 Built The Carro Armato M15/42 was the last variant of the Italian ‘M’ tank series. It was in service from late 1942 to 1945 in small numbers. For the most part, it was used by the Wehrmacht. Compared to its predecessors, the M13/40 and M14/41, it had…

Carro Armato M11/39

Kingdom of Italy (1939-1940) Medium Tank – 100 Built Pre-production M11/39 at the Ansaldo Factory in July 1939 with the multi-plate turret painted red-brown with vertical grey-green bands. Source: Pignato Development Italian tank designers had focussed on the needs of the army for a tank suitable for mountain warfare as well as for colonial use…