The Italian Carro Armato P26/40 Heavy Tank

The Italian Carro Armato P26/40 Heavy Tank

Development of The Italian Carro Armato P26/40 Heavy Tank started around 1940. The development phase saw a number of changes of the original prototypes armour thickness, calibre Length of the main gun and engine. Classed as a heavy tank, an initial order of 1000 vehicles was placed in 1942.

The engine chosen proved troublesome, which delayed production and only around 100 built by the time Italy surrendered to the Allies in 1943. Due to the lack of engines, uncompleted tanks were used by the Germans in Italy as dug in pillar boxes.

Spec’s

Main Gun: 75mm (calibre Length 34)
Armour: 50mm (frontal)
Crew: 4
Dimensions: Length 5.82m, Width 2.8m, Height 2.52m
Weight: 26.4tons
Engine: V12 diesel 275bhp
Top Speed: 35km/h
Range: 240km’s

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