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L3/33

Carro Armato L3/33
Italian L3/33 (CV-33), Flamethrower variant at The Tank Museum, Bovington
Type Tankette
Place of origin Italy
Service history
In service from 1933
Used by Italy, Austria, Brazil, Bulgaria, China, Croatia, Hungary, Nationalist Spain, Nicaragua, Iraq, and others
Wars Austrian Civil War, Second Sino-Japanese War, Second Italo-Abyssinian War, Spanish Civil War, Slovak–Hungarian War, Invasion of Albania, Anglo-Iraqi War, and World War II
Production history
Unit cost 89.890 lires in 1933
Produced 1933–1935
Number built ~ 2,000–2,500
Variants L3/35, L3 cc, L3 Lf,
Specifications
Weight 2.7 tonnes
Length 3.03 m (9 ft 11 in)
Width 1.4 m (4 ft 7 in)
Height 1.2 m (3 ft 11 in)
Crew 2 (commander and driver)

Armour 6–12 mm (0.24–0.47 in)
Main
armament
1 × 6.5 mm machine gun
Engine FIAT-SPA CV3 water-cooled
43 hp (32 kW)
Suspension bogie
Operational
range
110 km (68 mi)
Speed 42 km/h (26 mph)

The Carro Veloce CV-33 or L3/33 was a tankette originally built in 1933 and used by the Italian Army before and during World War II. It was based on the imported British Carden Loyd tankette (also license-built by Italy as the CV-29). Many CV-33s were retrofitted to meet the specifications of the CV-35 in 1935. In 1938, the CV-33 was renamed the "L3/33" while the CV-35s became known as "L3/35s."

The original CV-33 carried a two-man crew protected by 12 mm of welded armour and was armed with a single 6.5 mm machine gun.

The L3/33 saw action in China, Spain, France, the Balkans, North Africa, Italian East Africa, Italy, and Russia.

Contents

  • Variants 1
    • L3 Lf 1.1
  • Survivor 2
  • Notes 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Variants

L3 Lf

The "L3 Lf" (Lancia fiamme, "flamethrower") flame tank was another variant of the L3 tankette. Development began in 1935. The flamethrower nozzle replaced one of the machine guns, and the flame fuel was carried in an armoured trailer towed by the vehicle.[1] Later versions had the fuel carried in a box-shaped tank mounted above the L3's engine compartment. The vehicle weighed 3.2 tons, and the armoured trailer carried 500 litres (110 gallons) of fuel.[2] It had a range of 40 yards, though other sources report a 100 meters (330 feet) range.[2] They were fielded in North Africa, although there is no record of them being involved in combat there.[3]

The L3 Lf saw action in the Second Italo–Abyssinian War, Spain, France, Russia, the Balkans, Italian North Africa and Italian East Africa.

L3/33 in Greece.

Survivor

One example of the L3/33 is on display in the Australian War Memorial in Canberra, Australia. It is believed this example was captured by British and Commonwealth troops in North Africa in 1940 or 1941.[4]

Notes

  1. ^ "Flame-Throwing Tank Practices For War" Popular Mechanics, August 1937
  2. ^ a b Forty 2006, p 73
  3. ^ CV-33 accession record The Tank Museum
  4. ^ Italian tankette arrives in Canberra ABC News. Retrieved 2015-08-25

References

  • Forty, George (2006), The complete guide to tanks and armoured fighting vehicles, Hermes House,  

External links

  • L3/33 (CV 33), L3/35 (CV 35) Tankettes at wwiivehicles.com
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