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The Carro Armato P40
Transcript of The Carro Armato P40
By Russell Ramos
The Carro Armato was an Italian designed tank, used by the Italian and German forces in World War II. It was only made in the Fiat-Ansaldo factory in the north of Italy. This was the first and only heavy tank Italy produced during the war with 103 produced.
This design was conceived in 1941 but was not finished by 1943, by that time the design was already out dated by the advanced tanks such as the Panzerkampfwagen V "Panther", the T-34-85 and the such.
There was many variants of this tank planned out but all of them never entered mass production these versions were :
The "P43" an upgraded model of the same tank with better armor and an upgraded gun (ether a longer 7.5mm barrel or a 9cm cannon.)
The Semovente 149/40 is a tank destroyer model of this tank. It had the 14.9 cm howitzer which could fire up to 24km and was the best the Italian Army had at the time.
Was it reliable?
The P40 was an all round reliable vehicle, it had an excellent power-to-weight ratio; thus making it more maneuverable than it's predecessors, it had average fire power, strong frontal armour, it had bogie suspension which was adequate but on rough road it could not make its top speed.
What was Its role on the battlefield?
The Tank was originally going to be an infantry support vehicle. As time went on, the tank became more of an Anti-tank vehicle, hence the other variants of this tank. Such ad the P43 and the Semovente 149/40.
Any Major battles?
The Carro Armato was in one major battle which was during Operation Shingle, at Anzio but this tank was being used by the Germans, under the designation of Panzerkampfwagen P40 737(i), even though this was a tank it was used as a static placement, this is because they had no engines due to the war shortages
Is there any surviving tanks?
There is only two surviving tanks that were captured by italian partisans at the end of World War II. These places are:
1) Scuola Truppe Corazzate, Lecce, Italy
2) Museo Storico della Motorizzazione Militare, Cecchignola, Italy
This Is how the P40 and other tanks were made in the Ansaldo factory in Genova
Tanks for Watching!