L6/40

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Rank 2, Sweden
"The Swedish revolver": SAV 20.12.48
Carro Armato modello L6
it_l6.png
AB
RB
SB
General characteristics
Brief
Detailed
1.3/1.3/1.3BR
2 peopleCrew
74 %Visibility
front / side / backArmour
30 / 15 / 15Hull
30 / 15 / 15Turret
Mobility
6.8 tWeight
130 hp68 hpEngine power
19 hp/t10 hp/tPower-to-weight ratio
46 km/h forward
7 km/h back
42 km/h forward
6 km/h back
Speed
Armament
20 mm Breda Mod.35 cannonMain weapon
280 roundsAmmunition
6.0 / 7.8 sReload
8 roundsBelt capacity
240 shots/minFire rate
-12° / 20°Vertical guidance
8 mm Breda Mod. 38 machine gunCoaxial weapon
1 524 roundsAmmunition
8.0 / 10.4 sReload
24 roundsBelt capacity
600 shots/minFire rate
Economy
4 000 Rp icon.pngResearch
2 100 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png170 / 220/160 / 207/130 / 168Repair
600 Sl icon.pngCrew training
2 100 Sl icon.pngExperts
40 Ge icon.pngAces
100 % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
30 % Sl icon.png30 % Sl icon.png20 % Sl icon.png

Description

GarageImage L6 40.jpg


The Carro Armato modello L6 (shortened to L6/40) is a rank I Italian light tank with a battle rating of 1.3 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.85 "Supersonic".

General info

Survivability and armour

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Mobility

Game Mode Max Speed (km/h) Weight (tons) Engine power (horsepower) Power-to-weight ratio (hp/ton)
Forward Reverse Stock Upgraded Stock Upgraded
Arcade 46 7 6.8 105 130 15.44 19.12
Realistic 42 6 60 68 8.82 10

Armaments

Main armament

Main article: Breda Mod.35 (20 mm)
20 mm Breda Mod.35
Capacity (Belt capacity) Fire rate
(shots/minute)
Vertical
guidance
Horizontal
guidance
Stabilizer
280 (8) 501 -12°/+20° ±180° N/A
Turret rotation speed (°/s)
Mode Stock Upgraded Prior + Full crew Prior + Expert qualif. Prior + Ace qualif.
Arcade _.__ _.__ _.__ _.__ _.__
Realistic _.__ _.__ _.__ _.__ _.__
Reloading rate (seconds)
Stock Prior + Full crew Prior + Expert qualif. Prior + Ace qualif.
7.8 _.__ _.__ 6.0
Ammunition
Penetration statistics
Ammunition Type of
warhead
Penetration in mm @ 90°
10m 100m 500m 1000m 1500m 2000m
Perforante mod.35 API-T 40 38 29 20 14 10
PzGr 40 HVAP-T 64 63 29 20 14 10
Shell details
Ammunition Type of
warhead
Velocity
in m/s
Projectile
Mass in kg
Fuse delay

in m:

Fuse sensitivity

in mm:

Explosive Mass in g
(TNT equivalent):
Normalization At 30°
from horizontal:
Ricochet:
0% 50% 100%
Perforante mod.35 API-T 832 0.14 1.3 15 1 ° 47° 60° 65°
PzGr 40 HVAP-T N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Machine guns

Main article: Breda Mod. 38 (8 mm)
8 mm Breda Mod. 38
Coaxial mount
Capacity (Belt capacity) Fire rate
(shots/minute)
Vertical
guidance
Horizontal
guidance
1,524 (24) 600 N/A N/A

Usage in battles

Utilise the L6/40 like a Panzer II, as it shares similar characteristics especially with the 20 mm Breda Mod.35 autocannon. Until this APCR (PzGr 40) belt is unlocked, use the L6/40 in a support role by capturing objectives in order to obtain enough research points to unlock the necessary firepower modifications.

Once the PzGr 40 is unlocked, the L6/40 shares the same offensive power as seen on the Panzer II, as the PzGr 40 rounds are nearly identical, if not exactly so, as the German counterparts. Use the PzGr 40 rounds to meet and knock out peer enemies more readily in order to control the battlefield.

Pros and cons

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Pros:

  • Reasonable penetration with HVAP belts

Cons:

  • Poor suspension damping, it takes about 2 seconds to settle after stopping the vehicle

History

The L6/40 was designed to replace the L3 tankette in the cavalry and reconnaissance roles. It was based on a heavily modified L3 chassis, keeping the two-person crew, but with increased firepower, protection and mobility. By the time it was accepted for service in early 1940, it was already only barely adequate as a recon tank. By the time it entered general service in 1942 it was hopelessly obsolete. After 283 had been built it was cancelled in favour of the Semovente 47/32. A flamethrower version was developed but did not enter service.

L6/40 was to be used in the Raggruppamento Esplorante Corazzato (RECo); the divisional-level armoured reconnaissance task forces found in the order of battle of armoured and motorized divisions, and in several independent recon units, deployed in 4-car platoons. In total, 72 were sent to North Africa, and 55 went to Russia on March 1942, where they equipped the 67th Battaglione Motocorazzato Bersaglieri (lightly armoured battalion) in the 3rd Celere (Cavalry) Division. They were the heaviest Italian tanks used on that front. The battalion was destroyed in December 1942 during fighting on the Don River. L6/40 was also employed in Yugoslavia, by the San Guisto light armoured squadron-group of the 1st Celere Division.

Some L6/40 fought in Italy in September 1943 and were later employed by Italian Fascists and Germans. The Germans seized many on Italy's surrender; the majority were exported to Croatia but also used some themselves in the Balkans. Yugoslav partisans would press a small number of captured L6s into service.

Media

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See also

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External links

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Italy light tanks
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