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Italy
Carro Armato M15/42 Medium Tank

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The Carro Armato M15/42 Medium Tank was designed in 1942, manufactured by Ansaldo based on the existing fully tracked M13/40 and was in use from 1943 to 1944.

Photo of Carro Armato M15/42 Medium Tank

General Details
Specifications
Operational Date(s)1943 - 1944
Quantity Produced287
Weight15.5 tonne
Crew4
M.G's small2
M.G's large(>10mm)n/a
Length4.98 mtr
Width2.26 mtr
Height2.40 mtr
Engine Details/Performance
Max Road Speed24 mph
Max Cross Country Speed13 mph
Range Road120 miles
Range Cross Country48 miles
Fuel TypeUnknown
Fuel Capacityunknown
Horse Power192 hp
Power/Weight12 hp/tonne
General Information
The Carro Armato M15/42 Medium Tank was designed in 1942, manufactured by Ansaldo based on the existing fully tracked M13/40 and was in use from 1943 to 1944.

The vehicle was powered by FIAT-SPA 'SPA 15TB M42' powerplant producing 192 HP which could drive the vehicle on roads at up to 24 mph with a range of about 120 miles before refuelling. Its cross country performance was good providing a max speed of about 13 mph and a range of about 48 miles.

It was armed with 2 light machine guns. Its main armament consisted of an Cannone contracarro da 47/39 M39 which could penetrate 41 mm of flat plate at 800 metres


Armour Details
Turret
Front49mm@16°(51mm)
Side25mm@22°(27mm)
Rear25mm@22°(27mm)
Top14mm@85°(14mm)
Superstructure
Front42mm@11°(43mm)
Side25mm@(25mm)
Rear25mm@(25mm)
Top14mm@90°(14mm)
Hull
Front30mm@45°(42mm)
Side25mm@(25mm)
Rear25mm@20°(27mm)
Top6mm@90°(6mm)
Armour (x)mm @ (y)° (Effective mm @ 0°)
Effective Armour - Maximum 51 mm - Minimum 6 mm



Weapon Details
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Cannone contracarro da 47/39 M39 Blank
photo of Cannone contracarro da 47/39 M39 from Wikipedia
History
This was the Austrian 4.7cm Bohler L/39 manufactured under licence, this was a slightly improved version and was used in all theatres till Italy surrendered.
Manufactured1939 - 1943
Calibre47mm
 
Ammunition Details
Name/Id Calibre Weight MVelocity Explosive Content
AP(AP)
47mm 1.45Kg 670M/Sec
Quoted Penetration 43mm@500m
Range(Mtr)1002004008001200160020002400
Flight Time(Secs) 0.15 0.31 0.65 1.44 2.41 3.63 5.2 7.33
Penetration(mm@30°) 52 48 42 35 29 23 18 13
Penetration(mm@0°) 61 56 49 41 34 27 21 16
Hit Probability(%) 98 98 98 88 48 22 6 2

Hit probability is based on a static 2 x 2.4 metre panel at 0 degrees(vertical) at the range specified.

The data that has been used to create these records has come from Wikipedia, The Lone Sentry, The Bundes Archive and numerous books and websites that have provided the detailed information that has not been available anywhere else. The information we use to calculate the penetration tables, flight times and the hit probability comes from the Gun Calibre, the Shell Mass(Kg) and the muzzle velocity, plus range reductions to allow for gravity and wind resistance. This calculation originally came from a pre-war Krupp calculation which has been modified, and seems to fit the actual test results.

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