Italian Light Tanks : 1919-45

Italian Light Tanks : 1919-45

Description

The Italian army, unlike those of the British and French, did not use tanks in combat during World War I and, by November 1918, only one training unit equipped with French Schneider and Renault tanks had been formed. Consequently, during the 1920s the Italian army had just one single tank type in its armoured inventory - the Fiat 3000. Only in 1927 was the first tank unit formed as a branch of the infantry and not as an independent organization, while the cavalry rejected the idea of both tanks and armoured cars and decided to stand by the use of horses for its mounted units. Between 1933 and March 1939, a further 2,724 CV 33 / L 3 tanks were built, 1,216 of which were exported all over the world. By the time Italy entered the war in June 1940, the army had 1,284 light tanks, 855 of which were in combat units, including three armoured divisions. Variants of the CV 33 / L 3 tanks included flame-throwers, bridge-layers, recovery vehicles, and a radio command tank. Some L 3 tanks were still in use in 1945, by both the Germans and the German-allied Italian units of the Repubblica Sociale.

Similar Books

ISBN 10: 1472824334
ISBN 13: 9781472824332

26 Jul 2018
Filippo Cappellano

ISBN 10: 184908775X
ISBN 13: 9781849087759

20 Dec 2012
Filippo Cappellano

ISBN 10: 185532864X
ISBN 13: 9781855328648

25 Apr 2000
Philip Jowett

ISBN 10: 1472848489
ISBN 13: 9781472848482

26 May 2022
Balazs Mihalyi

ISBN 10: 1780968558
ISBN 13: 9781780968551

20 Nov 2013
Piero Crociani

ISBN 10: 1855328658
ISBN 13: 9781855328655

01 Apr 2001
Philip Jowett

ISBN 10: 1855328666
ISBN 13: 9781855328662

25 May 2001
Philip Jowett

ISBN 10: 1472843843
ISBN 13: 9781472843845

17 Feb 2022
Dr David Sutton

ISBN 10: 147280824X
ISBN 13: 9781472808240

22 Sep 2015
Jamie Prenatt

ISBN 10: 1472843207
ISBN 13: 9781472843203

19 Aug 2021
Steven J. Zaloga

ISBN 10: 1472846761
ISBN 13: 9781472846761

26 May 2022
Ryan K. Noppen

ISBN 10: 1841769894
ISBN 13: 9781841769899

28 Feb 2006
Alejandro de Quesada