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|Carro Armato M15/42|
|Place of origin||Italy|
|Used by|| Italy
Italian Social Republic
|Wars||World War II|
|Produced||1 January 1943 - 8 September 1943|
|Number built||90 (made for Italian Army) and 28 (made for German Army)|
|Length||4.92 m (16 ft 2 in)|
|Width||2.20 m (7 ft 3 in)|
|Height||2.40 m (7 ft 10 in)|
|Crew||4 (Commander, Radioman, Driver, Gunner/Loader)|
50 mm frontal armour42 mm side armour
|47 mm / L40 gun
|4 x 8 mm Breda 38 machine guns|
|Suspension||Two 4 wheel bogies, semi-elliptic leaf spring|
|200 kilometres (120 miles)|
|Speed||40 km/h (25 mph)|
Main armament was an improved (compared to the 47 mm / L32 on the M13) 47 mm / L40 main gun with an elevation of +20 degrees and a depression of –10 degrees, mounted in a turret operated electrically which could traverse 360 degrees. The secondary armament consisted of one 8 mm Breda 38 machine gun mounted on top of the turret for anti-aircraft defense, two co-axial Breda 38 machine guns mounted the sides of the main gun, and two more in the front hull of the M15/42.
The official Italian designation was Carro Armato M 15/42. This includes the designation ("armored tank"), the tank classification ("M" for medium tank), the weight in tonnes (15), and the year of adoption (1942).
Italy begun production on 1 January 1943. By mid 1943, Italy had produced 90 M15/42s.
At the moment of the Italian Armistice on 8 September 1943, Italian formations from the 135th Armoured Division Ariete II fought against German troops moving to disarm them in Rome, and M15/42s were among the tanks they used in this battle.
After the armistice, Germany confiscated all remaining M15/42s. Under the Germans an additional 28 incomplete M15/42s were produced.
The Semovente 75/34 self-propelled gun used the same chassis as the M15/42.
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