Carro Pesante P40 75/32

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caid’s suggestion #69

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I would like to suggest a slightly different yet interesting Genuine Italian WW2 tank, the Carro Pesante P40 75/32

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after the accession of the Fascists in Italy, Italy went into a complete reform of their armament. the mechanization of their army started in the early 30s with a large number of L3 tankettes built for their need. followed by their successor, the L6/40. only Italy didn’t have a proper tank before 1939 with the M11/39, it was considered an improvement, but not really. the first real Italian medium tank came with the M13/40 which was at the time a decent contemporary tank. but already at the edge of obsolescence. what is less known, is while the M13/40 was been put into production, the Italian was already developing in parallel a heavy tank

first indexed as the P75, the Italian government mandated Fiat and Ansalto to develop a “heavy” tank. both companies went with their prototype, initially designed with a 75mm and 20mm in the turret, the 20mm was soon abandoned as it was considered not convenient to use. the wood mock-up of the P75 was built but it was never accepted to production. it was planned to have 40mm of armor all around which was the same as the current medium tank in production. the P75 was mainly carrying more firepower.

a simplified version was later built in August 1941, showing a very close design to the Italian medium tank. only the 20mm was dropped and the frontal armour was raised to 50mm which was making this new tank a pretty well-protected vehicle at that time. the trial was done with the prototype and in the meantime, the Italian was trying to finish the development of the engine for production and this was the main cause of the delay. the prototype was a rather good tank but the battle in North Africa showed it clearly, Italy needed more firepower to penetrate the British tanks. the 75/18 was then abandoned.

the new tank had to be more armed, so the 75/32 was adopted. this new gun gives the tank considerable firepower and allows it to be capable of destroying the British tank, even the heavy one. the velocity, been adequate, it could be truly considered as a decent tank, built in 1942, the new prototype was almost ready for acceptance and production, but a last-minute turn of even came. the study of a Captured T-34 allowed the Italians to realize their design of protection of the tank was obsolete and the P40 would still be vulnerable to the enemy tank in its current state. the redesign of the hull was done to include sloped armor to increase the protection effectiveness by a lot. this was leading to the P40 as we know in the game.

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Firepower

the P40 75/32 was armed with the 75mm 75/32 gun . this gun by himself wasn’t half bad in his time, a pretty good equivalent to the Russian L-11. the gun had a medium velocity and was capable of using APHE and HEAT which was quite capable on the battlefield. the elevation of -10°/+22° should allow you to use the gun at its full efficiency. 75 rounds was carried for the 75mm. a coaxial machine gun is installed at the side of the main gun and there is also a twin 8mm mount in the hull.

Mobility

powered by the 24 L SPA Tipo 342 providing 330 hp , the P40 75/32 will not lack mobility in comparison to any medium tank. with his weight of only 24 tonnes , the power/weight would reach 13.75 hp/ton instant of 12.69 on the production, this shall give a noticeably better acceleration over the production version. the speed reaching 42 km/h (42km/h was expected, but it is unknown if it was achieved) would allow it to be at the head of the front line and even make it quite capable of flanking.

Protection

the protection of the P40 75/32 was a bit better than the M13/40, influentially been designed to have 40mm of armor all around, it was later decided that wasn’t enough and the front armor was raised to 50mm (the M15/42 was also raised) this should give the P40 75/32 a much better survivability than the Italian medium tank and capable to fight the British tank. but the P40 at this time remained a rather flat tank at the front, with the hull being pretty much just a scaled-up version of the M13/40. the side and rear protection aren’t bad at all which allows a decent capacity to take a beating from any side. with 40mm on the side and rear , the HMG and auto-cannon aren’t much of a treat. The crew of 4 is giving a decent capacity to survive a penetration.

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thanks to @Nicholas_Concu and @ConroeDoctrine for the help

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+1 at 2.7 or 3.0br

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I’d not heard of this version before! Very cool. +1

Yes! +1 for a lower br P40! My favourite tank at a lower level it’s amazing!

+1 for me.

+1 would be a good 3.0 medium

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