CV33 II Serie (Breda Mod.31), very heavy gun for small tank.

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CV33 II Serie (Breda Mod. 31).

History.

The CV33 is perhaps the most famous Italian tank in history, but some of its versions are less famous. Among these, one known as the L33/II Rearmed Series stands out. Some time before the start of the Second World War, the limitations of the CV33’s armament began to be noticed, and it was decided to rearm some examples with heavier weapons. From 1938 Ansaldo equipped some of these tanks with a 13,2 mm Breda heavy machine gun. Not much is known about what happened to the modified tanks, but it is known that some of these were sold to Brazil in a few dozen examples. It would be a good addition as a very low tier tank given its elusive profile and armory capable of causing big problems for armored cars and light tanks.

Armaments and propulsion.

The tank was armed with a Breda Mod.31 machine gun, a machine gun made under license by Breda with a 30-round magazine and a rate of fire of around 400 rounds per minute. This weapon was also adopted on the M41 and M42 Command Tanks and on an upgraded M13/40 tank.
The tank was also powered by a Fiat 4-cylinder 2746 cc petrol engine with 43 HP of power, which allowed it to reach a maximum speed of 42 km/h.

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Specifications.

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Crew: 2
Length: 3.2m
Width: 1.46 m
Height: 1.3m
Weight: 3.2 t
Engine: Fiat 4 cylinder 2746 cc petrol
Power: 43 hp
Weight/power ratio 13.87 hp/t
Maximum speed: 42 km/h
Autonomy: 130 km
Maximum gradient: 45%
Armament: 1x Breda Mod. 31 13,2 mm
Armor: 14-8 mm

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Sources.

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CV33 - Wikipedia
SI VIS PACEM, PARA BELLUM: Il Carro Veloce CV33 (ridenominato in seguito carro L3/33)
https://tanks-encyclopedia.com/ww2/italy/ww2_italian_tanks.php
Italian tankette L3/33
L 3-35 Light Tank
https://groups.google.com/g/it.cultura.storia.militare/c/P1LXnPggasU
Breda Mod. 31 - Wikipedia

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A surprisingly potent anti-armor weapon, if my experience with the P.7.T AA and M14/41 (47/40) has taught me anything! +1

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I wonder if the Italian 13.2mm HMG ever had a HVAP belt even if it was only a prototype

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I don’t know a lot about the 13,2 mm ammo, but I don’t think that HVAP was developed.

Well, the 13,2 can pen all the armored car/gun truck and a handful of light tanks. The real enemy are distance and heavy tanks.

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I don’t think penetration is enough, though it can be another meme vehicle, I would honestly add it outside of the regular tree, maybe as a reward for some small event.

Unless you have the misfortune of spawning on a map that forces you to fight at long distances, penetration is sufficient against armored cars and light tanks.

It’s small so it’s welcome. Would make a great addition for the italian meme line-up along with the L3 and Csaba who’s barely able to kill anithing. All we need is a Toldi I (L-60 like thank with the same gun as the Csaba, but only 4 shells I think) and the mastepiece is finished.
That said I am pretty sure this thing would be fun even if the gun is useless. Could be foldered with the L3.

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Nah. With the machine gun and its rate of fire you could quickly kill the light vehicles that abound in that br.

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I dont think Italy developed any Hvap/Apcr ammo at all.

From what I know, no HVAP for that time.

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+1. Unlike the terrible Breda Safat, the mod.31 is quite decent against light tanks, even at higher distance.

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This vehicle could be added to the Latam line, in the Brazilian nation

It was used by both nation, so bot tech tree.

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yes

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+1 always yes to cute l3

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