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Carro Armato M14/41

Description

During combat in North Africa, the Carro Armato M14/40 was revealed to have insufficient power, and a cooling and filtration system that couldn't cope with the desert conditions. To overcome these problems, a more powerful engine was installed, as well as several improvements to its automotive design and a greater ammunition storage capacity.

Production of this new tank, the Carro Armato M14/41, replaced the M13/40 in 1941. It proved more reliable, but the weight of the improvements negated the greater horse power output of the new engine. Like the M13/40, it was furthermore hopelessly outclassed by contemporary British tanks, such as the Cruiser Tank Mk VI Crusader. As a result, of more powerful Carro Armato M15/42 was designed. Production of the M14/41 ended in 1942, with 695 tanks produced.

Technical Details

Carro Armato M14/41
Crew
Crew 4
Physical Characteristics
Weight 14.5 t
Length 4.92 m
Width 2.28 m
Height 2.37 m
Armour
Armour
  • Front: 30-42 mm
  • Sides and rear: 25 mm
  • Floor and roof: 6-15 mm
Performance
Speed (road) 33 km/h
Speed (cross-country) 15 km/h
Engine
Engine SPA 15T M41
Net h.p. 145
Cylinders 8
Displacement 12000 cc
Armament
Primary weapon 47 mm Cannone da 47/32 M35 (1)
Secondary weapon 8 mm Breda Modello 38 (4)

Further Reading

Sources

  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.