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Carro Veloce L3lf Flame-Throwing Tankette



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Two main versions of the L3lf (‘lanciafiamme’) flamethrower were built during the 1930s; one carried 60 litres of fuel in a tank on the rear deck and the more common one towed a trailer containing 500 litres of fuel. They were built on the L3/33 and L3/35 chassis, and saw particular use in Italian East Africa and in North Africa.

L3/33lf



Model Id:
5160
Manufacture:Fiat Ansaldo Company, Genova, Province of Genova, Liguria, Italy (Manufacturer)


1) The Tank Museum - Public Areas, Bovington, Britain

Number of Photos:
18
Sample Photo from Album Number 861

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Unique ID: 861
Serial Number:
Registration: 1840: “ROETO 1840” painted on rear hull. “ROETO 89 r” painted on rear of trailer.
Name:
Other Identification: “1065” or similar painted on glacis but partially painted over. “2” and three white stripes on red rectangle painted on superstructure sides and rear hull. “M O S” painted on rear hull and rear of trailer. Painted overall in sand and brown camouflage scheme.

This tankette was captured in North Africa during the Second World War. A number of these flamethrower carriers were captured in the Tobruk area (though there is no evidence from British sources of them ever being used) so it is likely that this one was captured at Tobruk. It was examined at the School of Tank Technology, Chobham Lane, Chertsey, before being moved to Bovington. It was put on the museum books in 1951. It is displayed complete with its fuel trailer, and one of its top hatches is open so the interior can be seen.

L3/35lf



Model Id:
5170
Manufacture:Fiat Ansaldo Company, Genova, Province of Genova, Liguria, Italy (Manufacturer)


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

Number of Photos:
8
Sample Photo from Album Number 858

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Unique ID: 858
Serial Number:
Registration: “RE 1504” painted on nose; this is not believed to be original.
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Other Identification: