L6/40

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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
19.1 hp/t10 hp/tPower-to-weight ratio
47 km/h forward
8 km/h back
43 km/h forward
7 km/h back
Speed
Armament
20 mm Breda Mod.35 cannonMain weapon
280 roundsAmmunition
6 / 7.8 sReload
8 roundsBelt capacity
240 shots/minFire rate
-12° / 20°Vertical guidance
8 mm Breda Mod. 38 machine gunCoaxial weapon
1524 roundsAmmunition
8 / 10.4 sReload
24 roundsBelt capacity
600 shots/minFire rate
Economy
5900 Rp icon.pngResearch
6300 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png300 / 386/240 / 308/200 / 257Repair
1800 Sl icon.pngCrew training
6300 Sl icon.pngExperts
80 Ge icon.pngAces
106 % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
50 % Sl icon.png40 % 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

Armour type:

  • Rolled homogeneous armour (hull, turret, gun mantlet)
  • Cast homogeneous armour (hull rear: centre housing)
Armour Front (Slope angle) Sides Rear Roof
Hull 30 mm (11°) Upper plate
15-20 mm (75°) Upper glacis
30 mm (6°) Lower plate
15 mm (70°) Lower glacis
15 mm 15 mm 15-20 mm (15°) Upper glacis
10 mm Centre section
10 mm (20°) Rear section
Turret 25 mm (cylindrical) Turret front
30 mm Gun mantlet
40 mm (12°) Turret frame
15 mm (20°) 25 mm (16°) Hatch
15 mm (16°)
10 mm

Notes:

  • Suspension wheels and tracks are 15 mm thick while bogies are 10 mm thick.
  • Mudguards are 5 mm thick.

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 47 8 6.8 105 130 15.44 19.12
Realistic 43 7 60 68 8.82 10

Armaments

Main armament

Main article: Breda Mod.35 (20 mm)
20 mm Breda Mod.35 Turret rotation speed (°/s) Reloading rate (seconds)
Mode Capacity (Belt) Fire rate Vertical Horizontal Stabilizer Stock Upgraded Full Expert Aced Stock Full Expert Aced
Arcade 280 (8) 240 -12°/+20° ±180° N/A 22.85 31.62 38.40 42.47 45.18 7.80 6.90 6.36 6.00
Realistic 14.28 16.80 20.40 22.56 24.00

Ammunition

  • Default: API-T · HEFI-T* - Half the belt is composed of HEFI-T, such shell will do negligible damage against armoured targets. However against aircraft and vehicles with exposed crew, such shell can prove deadly.
  • Perforante mod.35: API-T - Intermediate usage until the better PzGr 40 can be used. Decent enough against light tanks and other vehicles from the rear.
  • PzGr 40: HVAP-T · API-T - Highest penetrating belt. However, the damage effects are very poor. In close combat, aiming for modules and crew member is advised. Its effects against angled armour is limited due to the nature of the HVAP shells, however the base penetration compensates such drawback.
Penetration statistics
Belt Penetration @ 0° Angle of Attack (mm)
10 m 100 m 500 m 1,000 m 1,500 m 2,000 m
Default 38 36 27 19 14 10
Perforante mod.35 38 36 27 19 14 10
PzGr 40 64 63 27 29 14 10
Belt details
Belt Type of
warhead
Velocity
(m/s)
Projectile
Mass (kg)
Fuse delay
(m)
Fuse sensitivity
(mm)
Explosive Mass
(TNT equivalent) (g)
Ricochet
0% 50% 100%
Perforante mod.35 API-T 832 0.14 1.2 9 1.7 47° 60° 65°

Ammo racks

Ammo racks of the L6/40
Full
ammo
1st
rack empty
2nd
rack empty
3rd
rack empty
4th
rack empty
5th
rack empty
6th
rack empty
7th
rack empty
Visual
discrepancy
35 29 (+6) 24 (+11) 23 (+12) 22 (+13) 13 (+22) (+27) (+34) no

Machine guns

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

Usage in battles

Combat tactics

As a frontline tank, you must fight in close-quarters to make the best use of your autocannon (0-300 m). Stay mobile and flank enemies. Make use of your good mobility to surprise the enemy where he does not expect you. And always be the first to shoot. Use short bursts (2-3 rounds ideally) to stay in control of your ammo and maximize the damage you inflict. If you can't get close or flank, stay hull down showing only your turret. Unlike the Pz.II, your turret rotation speed is very good, meaning that you can quickly face an enemy surprising you on your six.

You also can play as a support tank by taking disabling shots at enemies to prevent them from firing and operating normally (gun barrel, gun breech, transmission. etc.) and let your better armoured teammates destroy enemy tanks. This can be a precious help, especially when around a heavily contested capture point.

Notable enemies
How to defeat a L6/40

Stay at distance of 500 m and above to negative its firepower. In a frontal encounter, shoot right in the middle of the front plate if the L6/40 did not angle its hull. This will knock out the gunner and the driver. If angled, aim at the turret. When flanking, aim for the spot right under the center of the turret. Use a shell with a good post-penetration effect: APHE or HEAT. The limited crew of 2 limits severely the survivability of the L6/40.

Modules

Tier Mobility Protection Firepower
I Tracks Parts Horizontal Drive
II Suspension Brake System FPE Adjustment of Fire Perforante mod.35
III Filters Crew Replenishment Elevation Mechanism
IV Transmission Engine Artillery Support PzGr 40

Until the HVAP (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.

Pros and cons

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.

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See also

Vehicles equipped with the same gun
Other vehicles of similar configuration and role

External links


Italy light tanks
  L6/40 · AB 41 · AB 43 · AUBL/74 · AUBL/74 HVG · FIAT 6614 · R3 T106 FA
Foreign  ▄M3A3 · ▄M24