AVANTI SAVOIA! Italian WWII Armor

Italian M13/40

Italian M13/40

I am fascinated by obscure armies and forces. I have clubmen for the English Civil War, a converted naval artillery crew for the Russian Civil War and lots of partisans for WWII, so it is no surprise that the Italian army in WWII caught my eye. While most people have built Italian armies to fight in North Africa, their primary theater of operation, my miniatures are painted to participate in the European theater, including the USSR, the Balkans and Italy/Sicily. This offers a wide range of potential foes: Soviets, Greeks, partisans, Commonwealth, US and even other Italian armies! Individually brave, ineptly led and insufficiently supported, the Regio Esercito is a challenging force to represent in a wargame. Of course, no infantry-based force is complete without armor to support it, and only a little research was needed to determine what was used and where. There are several companies that make Italian vehicles for WWII in many different scales. The chart below shows which available vehicles participated in the different continental theaters.

ITALIAN VEHICLES IN WWII

SPAIN

AFRICA

BALKANS

USSR

ITALY

508 Staff car

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Lancia 3RO truck

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

AS37 recon/truck

No

Yes

Likely 1

Likely 1

Yes

Lancia 90/53 ATG/truck

No

Yes

No

No

Yes

SPA Dovunque 35

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Autoblinda Lince Scout car

No

No

Likely 2

Likely 2

Yes

AB41 Armored car

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

SPA-Viberte AS42

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Likely 1

CV35 tankette

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

CV35 tankette (flame)

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

No

Semovente 47/32

No

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Semovente 75/18

No

Yes

Yes

No

Yes 3

Fiat L6/40

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

M11/39

No

Yes

No

No

Yes

M13/40

No

Yes

Yes

No

Likely 4

M14/41

No

Yes

No

No

No

M15/42

No

No

No

No

Yes 5

Key

1. It is likely that these vehicles were used in this theater by Italian forces.

2. It is likely that these vehicles were used in this theater by German forces after the fall of Italy.

3. This vehicle was used in this theater by German forces.

4. This vehicle was used by Italian and German forces. There is photographic evidence of an M13/40 being used by German forces in the Warsaw Uprising in 1944.

5. This vehicle was used by Italians against Germans and by the Germans after the fall of Italy.

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