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Carro Armato M13/40 Tank



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M13/40 Series

The Carro Armato M13/40 was derived from the M11/39 and was produced from 1940. Its first use was in Greece, then in North Africa.
100 examples of the first series were built from June 1940, followed by 100 of the second series (distinguished by short mudguards). The first series had two spare roadwheel units fixed at the back of the hull and an unknown device (possibly a spare piece of equipment or a jack) fitted on the front left corner of the superstructure; this device replaced the left hand spare roadwheel unit from the second series. From Spring 1941 the third series began to be built. This had a number of changes to the rear deck including new grills and radiator covers; some 410 were eventually produced.



Model Id:
5310
Manufacture:Fiat Ansaldo Company, Genova, Province of Genova, Liguria, Italy (Manufacturer)


1) U.S. Army Ordnance Museum, Aberdeen Proving Ground, USA

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4
Sample Photo from Album Number 694

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Unique ID: 694
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This is a third series model with short mudguards. It was captured in North Africa. It is missing both exhaust silencers.

2) Base Borden Military Museum, Canadian Forces Base Borden, Canada

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12
Sample Photo from Album Number 2427

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Unique ID: 2427
Serial Number: 1002: “001002” stamped into front tow lug.
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Other Identification: “253 01703 50732” stamped into nose. “1370 01445” stamped into hull.

3) Italian Cemetery, El Alamein, Egypt

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3
Sample Photo from Album Number 1156

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Unique ID: 1156
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Registration: “RE 3700” painted on nose.
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Carro Armato M14/41

Some 695 examples of the M14/41 were produced from July 1941, based on the M13/40. They were fitted with a new Spa diesel engine that was equipped with air filters designed to cope with desert conditions and this improved performance and reliability. The M14/41 was fitted with long trackguards similar to the first series of the M13/40 but had the rear roadwheel and device stowage arrangement, and rear deck vents, of the third series. However, the radiator grills of the M14/41 were transverse relative to the vehicle hull whereas all M13/40s had the grills running longitudinally. Also, the exhausts had simple, cylindrical covers compared to the various M13/40 models which more complex ribbed ones. There were two series of M14/41, differing only in details of the mudguards (the second series had strengthening cross ribs).

Model Id:
5320
Manufacture:Fiat Ansaldo Company, Genova, Province of Genova, Liguria, Italy (Manufacturer)


4) War Museum, El Alamein, Egypt

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1
Sample Photo from Album Number 1159

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Unique ID: 1159
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5) Sacrario Militare dei Caduti d'Oltremare, Bari, Italy

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Sample Photo from Album Number 1519

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Unique ID: 1519
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6) Museo Storico dei Carristi, Roma, Italy

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11
Sample Photo from Album Number 851

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Unique ID: 851
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Registration: 3700: “RE 3700” painted on nose.
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Other Identification: Unit marking painted on turret sides (blue rectangle indicating Second Company Commander).

This M14/41 is displayed outside behind a memorial plaque. It is painted overall sand; it is in poor condition.

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

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14
Sample Photo from Album Number 1698

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Unique ID: 1698
Serial Number: 1903: chassis
1251: hull (engine 100753, gun 38320).
Registration: 4867: museum records.
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Other Identification: “ROETO 3543” painted on nose and rear hull. “1” and three white stripes on blue rectangle painted on turret sides and rear.Painted overall in a sand and brown camouflage scheme.

According to museum records this M14/41 was despatched to an African distribution centre in July 1942 so it is assumed to have been captured in North Africa during 1942 (though the location is not known). 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 shows signs of damage to the track guards and other external parts. It is displayed with its driver’s hatch open and side hatch removed so the interior can be seen; mannequins illustrate the driver and co-driver positions.

Carro Armato M15/42

The M15/42 was built from the end of 1942, some 220 being produced for the Italian Army. They had a petrol engine, lengthened hull and tracks, a longer 47/50 gun, and most obviously the crew access hatch on the hull was moved from the left side to the right. They retained the long mudguards of the M14/41 but the longer hull produced obvious distinguishing characteristics such as a large gap between the middle roadwheels, extended exhausts. As part of the changes to the rear hull, the device stowed with the spare roadwheels was moved back to the front of the superstructure; usually on the left side but sometimes on the right.

Model Id:
5330
Manufacture:Fiat Ansaldo Company, Genova, Province of Genova, Liguria, Italy (Manufacturer)


8) Defence Line, Tagliamento River, Italy

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Sample Photo from Album Number 1532

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Unique ID: 1532
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Other Identification: Painted overall in a camouflage scheme of brown and yellow stripes over green.

9) Museo Storico della Motorizzazione Militare, Cecchignola, Italy

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Sample Photo from Album Number 1542

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Unique ID: 1542
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Other Identification: “EU” daubed on turret. “MEO” daubed on hull rear. Painted overall in green and sand.

10) Forte Bramafam, Bardonecchia, Italy

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Sample Photo from Album Number 1556

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Unique ID: 1556
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Other Identification: Large hole in centre of mantlet for armament.

11) Polveriera, Alice Castello, Italy

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Sample Photo from Album Number 1557

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Unique ID: 1557
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Other Identification: Small hole in left side of mantlet for armament.

12) Defence Line, Tagliamento River, Italy

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Sample Photo from Album Number 1558

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Unique ID: 1558
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Other Identification: Painted overall green.

13) Caserma A.L. Paglieri, Codroipo, Italy

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4
Sample Photo from Album Number 1147

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Unique ID: 1147
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Registration: “RE 13031949” painted on nose (not authentic).
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Other Identification: Painted overall sand yellow. Novara Lancer insignia painted on nose. Tactical markings (Second Battalion Commander) painted on turret sides.

14) Museé Des Blindés, Saumur, France

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6
Sample Photo from Album Number 895

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Unique ID: 895
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Registration: “RE 5946”.
Name: “ARIETE” painted on nose.
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15) Museo Storico della Motorizzazione Militare, Cecchignola, Italy

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10
Sample Photo from Album Number 1506

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Unique ID: 1506
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Registration: 105962: “RE 105962” painted on nose and right hull rear.
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Other Identification: Painted overall desert sand.

16) Museo Storico della Motorizzazione Militare, Cecchignola, Italy

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5
Sample Photo from Album Number 1505

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Unique ID: 1505
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Registration: 3575: “RE 3575” seen painted on nose in 2005. “RE 105963” seen in 1998.
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Other Identification: Unit marking on turret sides (“1” above red rectangle with single white stripe indicating First Battalion, First Platoon of First Company). Painted overall desert sand (previously overall green).

17) Caserma Fratelli De Carli, Cordenons, Italy

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3
Sample Photo from Album Number 1526

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Unique ID: 1526
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Registration: 3700: “RE 3700” painted on nose and “RºEº 3700” painted on right hull rear.
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Other Identification: “132” painted on superstructure rear corners. Carries a half red/half blue pennant marked with “132”. Unit marking painted on turret sides and rear (“1” above red rectangle with single white stripe indicating First Battalion, First Platoon of First Company). Painted overall desert sand.