Contributor: C. Peter Chen
ww2dbaseIn 1929, Italy purchased four Carden Loyd Mark VI tankettes from the United Kingdom; based on those units, a line of Carro Veloce, "fast tank", designs emerged in the 1930s. They had bolted armor and two machine guns in tandem. In 1938, these tankettes were re-designated as L3 light tanks, although they were technically tankettes based on Anglo-American standards. Between 2,000 and 2,500 L3 tankettes were built between 1933 and 1936. In the 1930s, they were sold to various nations such as Afghanistan, Albania, Austria, Bolivia, Brazil, Bulgaria, China, Greece, Hungary, Iraq, and Nationalist Spain.
ww2dbaseL3 tankettes were used by Italian forces in the Second Italo-Abyssinian War, Nationalist Spanish forces during the Spanish Civil War, and Hungarian forces in the brief Slovak-Hungarian War of 1939. They were not considered effective tankettes; on at least two occasions in Ethiopia, for example, L3 tankettes were disabled by massed infantry attacks. After the European War began, they were used in all theaters that Italian troops were deployed, despite of their weaknesses. They were soon vastly out-classed by the light and medium tanks used by the British forces in North Africa, rendering them to be used only as pillboxes. Some of them were captured and used by Yugoslav and Greek resistance forces, while some units were given by Italy to Germany's puppet government in Croatia to fight local resistance groups.
Last Major Revision: Feb 2009
|Machinery||One FIAT-SPA CV3 water cooled engine rated at 43hp|
|Armament||2x8mm machine guns in tandem|
Did you enjoy this article? Please consider supporting us on Patreon. Even $1 per month will go a long way! Thank you.
Share this article with your friends:
Stay updated with WW2DB:
Visitor Submitted Comments
All visitor submitted comments are opinions of those making the submissions and do not reflect views of WW2DB.
- » WW2-era bomb defused in Frankfurt (9 Jul 2019)
- » Birthday Celebration for WAAF Teleprinter Operator (7 Jul 2019)
- » Passing of Richard Cole, Doolittle Raider (10 Apr 2019)
- » Wreck of Wasp Found (13 Mar 2019)
- » Wreck of Hornet Found (12 Feb 2019)
- » Wreck of Hiei Found (11 Feb 2019)
- » See all news
- » 1,063 biographies
- » 331 events
- » 37,002 timeline entries
- » 1,052 ships
- » 333 aircraft models
- » 186 vehicle models
- » 345 weapon models
- » 104 historical documents
- » 195 facilities
- » 463 book reviews
- » 25,857 photos
- » 301 maps
General Douglas MacArthur at Leyte, 17 Oct 1944