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Carro Veloce L3 Tankette



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The Carro Veloce (‘fast tank’) CV29 was a design based closely on the British Vickers Carden-Loyd Mark VI tankette, four of which were purchased by the Italian Army in 1929. Subsequent developments led to the CV33 series which was cheap and simple and found many export customers, including Albania, Austria, Brazil, Bulgaria, Hungary and Spain. The CV33 was redesignated L3 in the late 1930s.

L3/33

The first series of the L3/33 had a 6.5mm MG and a characteristic tension wheel mounted in a bracket attached to the rear idler wheel. The second series had the tension wheel separated from the idler and was armed with 2 x 8mm MGs as standard (this armament was later refitted to the first series).

Model Id:
5110
Manufacture:Fiat Ansaldo Company, Genova, Province of Genova, Liguria, Italy (Manufacturer)


1) Museo Storico dei Carristi, Roma, Italy

Number of Photos:
9
Sample Photo from Album Number 852

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Unique ID: 852
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Name:
Other Identification: Painted overall pale green as used in North Africa early in World War 2. Unit marking on superstructure sides (red, blue and yellow rectangles indicating a Battalion Commander in a three company battalion).

2) Museo Storico dei Carristi, Roma, Italy

Number of Photos:
9
Sample Photo from Album Number 853

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Unique ID: 853
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Other Identification: Painted overall desert sand.

This L3 is displayed outside. It is missing its main armament.

3) Canadian War Museum, LeBreton Flats, Canada

Number of Photos:
2
Sample Photo from Album Number 2482

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Unique ID: 2482
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Other Identification: Painted overall in a sand, green and brown camouflage scheme.

4) Museo di Guerra per la Pace Diego de Henriquez, Trieste, Italy

Number of Photos:
6
Sample Photo from Album Number 857

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Unique ID: 857
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Registration: “RE 1502” painted on nose; this is not believed to be original.
Name: “POZZUOLO DEL FRIULI, 30/10/1917” painted on left superstructure side; this recalls an episode from the First World War.
Other Identification: Painted overall in a three colour camouflage scheme.

This L3 has the original engine but is lacking many interior fittings. (Source and photo: M. Viucci).

5) Caserma Fratelli De Carli, Cordenons, Italy

Number of Photos:
3
Sample Photo from Album Number 1524

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Unique ID: 1524
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Registration: 101220: “RE 101220” painted on nose and right hull rear.
Name:
Other Identification: Ariete insignia painted on superstructure sides. Painted overall desert sand.

6) Caserma M.O. Felice Trizio, Altamura, Italy

Number of Photos:
3
Sample Photo from Album Number 1520

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Unique ID: 1520
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Registration: 133: “RE 133” painted on nose.
Name:
Other Identification: “31” painted on upper glacis. Painted overall desert sand.

L3/35

The L3/35 appeared in 1935 and used bolted rather than welded construction. A second series was produced which incorporated minor changes.

Model Id:
5120
Manufacture:Fiat Ansaldo Company, Genova, Province of Genova, Liguria, Italy (Manufacturer)


7) Sacrario Militare dei Caduti d'Oltremare, Bari, Italy

Number of Photos:
3
Sample Photo from Album Number 1518

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Unique ID: 1518
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8) Museo Storico dell'Arma di Cavalleria, Pinerolo, Italy

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0
Sample Photo from Album Number 1134

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Unique ID: 1134
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9) Caserma G. Durli, Palmanova, Italy

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2
Sample Photo from Album Number 1529

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Unique ID: 1529
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Other Identification: Painted overall desert pink.

10) Escola de Sargentos de Logística, Deodoro, Brazil

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Sample Photo from Album Number 1731

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Unique ID: 1731
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Other Identification: ‘Club’ playing card symbol in white circle painted on superstructure sides. Unit insignia painted on glacis. Painted overall dark grey.

11) 15º Regimento de Cavalaria Mecanizado-Escola, Vila Militar, Brazil

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4
Sample Photo from Album Number 1777

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Unique ID: 1777
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12) 15º Regimento de Cavalaria Mecanizado-Escola, Vila Militar, Brazil

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Sample Photo from Album Number 1779

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Unique ID: 1779
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Other Identification: ‘Club’ playing card symbol in white circle painted on superstructure sides.

13) Museo Militar Conde de Linhares, São Cristóvão, Brazil

Number of Photos:
15
Sample Photo from Album Number 860

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Unique ID: 860
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Other Identification: ‘Club’ playing card symbol in white circle painted on superstructure sides.

14) Kubinka NIIBT Research Collection - Foreign Vehicles, Kubinka, Russia

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Sample Photo from Album Number 575

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Unique ID: 575
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Registration: “RE 678” (Italian Army) painted on nose plate.
Name:
Other Identification:

For the details of this vehicle see Preserved Tanks in Russia: Number 159. It was supplied to Hungary and although on the front it carries an Italian Army registration number it was almost certainly never used by the Italian Army and so this number is unlikely to be genuine. It is missing its armament.

15) Museo Storico dell'Arma di Cavalleria, Pinerolo, Italy

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3
Sample Photo from Album Number 1131

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Unique ID: 1131
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Registration: “RE2464” painted on nose.
Name:
Other Identification: Reggimento Artiglieria a Cavallo emblems painted on the superstructure sides. Painted overall sand yellow.

This L3 was housed at the Caserma Santa Barbara in Milan until recently, and was previously displayed in at least one exhibition in Milan during the 1990s when it carried a placard for the “Assoc. Arma di Cavalleria, Sezione di Milano”. It has twin FIAT 35 8mm MGs and appears to be in good condition. Its current status and location are unknown. (Sources: D. Guglielmi, M. Viucci).

16) Caserma Fratelli De Carli, Cordenons, Italy

Number of Photos:
7
Sample Photo from Album Number 1525

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Unique ID: 1525
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Registration: 7221: “RºEº 7221” painted on nose and left hull rear.
Name:
Other Identification: Painted overall desert sand.

L3/38

In 1938 the L3/38 was introduced with a new, stronger suspension system. A second series soon appeared with a driver’s episcope fitted, and the suspension changed again, this time using torsion bars and mounting larger spoked roadwheels. A number of examples of this second series were exported to Brazil when they were armed with a 13.2mm Breda MG.
Large numbers of the L3/38 were used in Italy, although many of these were rebuilt L3/33 and L3/35 vehicles. In total, across all models, some 2000 examples of the L3 were built for Italian use.

Model Id:
5130
Manufacture:Fiat Ansaldo Company, Genova, Province of Genova, Liguria, Italy (Manufacturer)


17) Temeroli Collection, San Marino, Italy

Number of Photos:
4
Sample Photo from Album Number 1071

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Unique ID: 1071
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Registration: “RE 2451” painted on rear plate.
Name:
Other Identification: Painted in a three colour camouflage scheme of overall green with brown and black spots.

18) Caserma Ugo Mara, Solbiate Olona, Italy

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8
Sample Photo from Album Number 1066

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Unique ID: 1066
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Registration: “RE 716” painted on rear plate.
Name:
Other Identification: Painted overall pale green as used by Italian forces early in World War 2. Unit marking on superstructure sides (blue rectangle with single white stripe indicating First Platoon of Second Company).

19) Caserma Salvatore Pisano, Capo Teulada, Italy

Number of Photos:
5
Sample Photo from Album Number 1099

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Unique ID: 1099
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Registration: “RE0001” painted on nose and hull rear.
Name:
Other Identification: Italian flag painted on nose and hull rear. 1° Reggimento Corazzato emblem painted on superstructure sides and overall painted sand yellow (previously seen with “1” painted on superstructure sides and overall painted dark green).

20) Museo Storico della Motorizzazione Militare, Cecchignola, Italy

Number of Photos:
10
Sample Photo from Album Number 1510

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Unique ID: 1510
Serial Number:
Registration: 100241: “RE 100241” previously painted on nose and hull rear.
Name:
Other Identification: Painted overall in a camouflage scheme of black and red spots on green (previously painted overall dark green).