M13/40 (II)

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This page is about the Italian medium tank M13/40 (II). For other variants, see M13/40 (Family).
M13/40 (II)
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M13/40 (II)
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The Fiat-Ansaldo M13/40 II Serie (shortened as M13/40 (II)) is a premium rank I Italian medium tank with a battle rating of 2.0 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced during Update 1.85 "Supersonic" as a battle reward in the 2018 War Thunder Festivities. It has since been available for purchase with Golden Eagles.

The M13/40 (II) is nearly identical to its other in-game variants. Compared to the M13/40 (I), it has 5 degrees worse gun depression, but its reload rate now matches other rank I tanks, being 3.5 seconds after experting the crew. Compared to the M13/40 (III), it just has worse gun depression with everything else being same.

Visually, it can be distinguished from the mark I by its default African camouflage and folded antenna on the right side (left if head-on), and by the lack of chassis parts on top of its left track (right if head-on). It can be distinguished from the mark III only by lack of the block on top of the middle of the turret.

An average gun for its BR, it can penetrate the front of some of the tanks it will face and knock them out with a single shot. It has decent armour, strong enough to bounce shots at high angle. The worst aspect of the M13/40 (II), as with the rest of them, is its speed. Poor acceleration makes it hard to achieve its top speed of 32 km/h, and with worse vertical angles it's even less worth it to go up hills.

General info

Survivability and armour

Armourfront / side / back
Hull30 / 25 / 25
Turret45 / 25 / 25
Crew4 people
Visibility82 %

All of your armour, which can realistically be targeted, is flat, so despite quite high frontal armour values the M13/40 (II) must always be angled when squaring off with an enemy combatant or risk direct shot penetration of your vehicle. Your side armour value is not as good as the front, but at extreme angles, it becomes more effective.

As long as you angle your tank right, you will have 36 to 50 mm of effective armour thickness and use it to block enemy shots. Destroy British tanks and any SPG as soon as possible, as every single one of them can destroy your tank. It is also worth destroying Soviet and certain USA tanks first as well, however, not every one of them can penetrate your armour.

The rear end is also rather long, so enemies could pick this piece off if it is exposed. But it's better to be shot at your engines, than your crew compartment, located in the middle of the tank. Don't give your opponent any time to do that and make them go away before they started firing onto your second tier.

Armour type:

  • Rolled homogeneous armour
  • Cast homogeneous armour (gun mantlet)
Armour Front (Slope angle) Sides Rear Roof
Hull 30 mm (12°) Upper Plate
25 mm (80°) - 30 mm (66°) Upper Glacis
30 mm (Curved) Lower Glacis
30 mm Upper Front
25 mm Upper
25 mm Lower
25 mm Upper 3 Levels
27 mm Lower Level
15 mm Crew Compartment
5 mm - 15 mm Engine Compartment
Turret 45 mm (13°) Turret front
30 mm + 40 mm (cylindrical)Gun mantlet
25 mm 15 mm


  • Turret Ring Guard - 50 mm
  • Fenders, Storage Boxes - 4 mm
  • Tracks - 20 mm
  • Suspension - 10 mm to 15 mm


Speedforward / back
AB36 / 6 km/h
RB and SB32 / 5 km/h
Number of gears4 forward
1 back
Weight13.6 t
Engine power
AB248 hp
RB and SB130 hp
Power-to-weight ratio
AB18.2 hp/t
RB and SB9.6 hp/t
Game Mode Max Speed (km/h) Weight (tons) Engine power (horsepower) Power-to-weight ratio (hp/ton)
Forward Reverse Stock Upgraded Stock Upgraded
Arcade 36 6 13.6 201 248 14.78 18.24
Realistic 32 5 115 130 8.46 9.56

Mobility is the same as M13/40 (I) - It is rather slow and is unable to scale hills well, 32 km/h being its top speed, reachable only on flat land.

Modifications and economy

Repair cost
AB638 Sl icon.png
RB200 Sl icon.png
SB180 Sl icon.png
Crew training450 Sl icon.png
Experts3 000 Sl icon.png
Aces45 Ge icon.png
Research Aces220 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
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Talisman.png 2 × 100 / 100 / 100 % Rp icon.png
Mobility Protection Firepower
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Brake System
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Improved Parts
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Improved FPE
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Crew Replenishment
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Horizontal Drive
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Adjustment of Fire
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Elevation Mechanism
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Artillery Support


Main armament

Ammunition87 rounds
Reloadbasic crew → aces
3.8 → 2.9 s
Vertical guidance-15° / 25°
Main article: 47/32 mod.35 (47 mm)

Like the other M13/40s, the M13/40 (II) has a 47 mm gun with ammunition capable of destroying most of tanks in one shot, assuming they are within 200 m range. Upgraded ammunition improves performance against angled tanks and damage potential at long range.

47 mm 47/32 mod.35 Turret rotation speed (°/s) Reloading rate (seconds)
Mode Capacity Vertical Horizontal Stabilizer Stock Upgraded Full Expert Aced Stock Full Expert Aced
Arcade 87 -15°/+25° ±180° N/A 13.3 18.4 22.4 24.8 26.4 3.77 3.33 3.07 2.90
Realistic 8.3 9.8 11.9 13.2 14.0


Penetration statistics
Ammunition Type of
Penetration @ 0° Angle of Attack (mm)
10 m 100 m 500 m 1,000 m 1,500 m 2,000 m
Granata Perforante mod.35 APHE 55 52 41 30 22 17
Granata Perforante mod.39 APBC 54 52 46 39 33 28
Shell details
Ammunition Type of
mass (kg)
Fuse delay
Fuse sensitivity
Explosive mass
(TNT equivalent) (g)
0% 50% 100%
Granata Perforante mod.35 APHE 630 1.5 1.2 9 30 47° 60° 65°
Granata Perforante mod.39 APBC 630 1.44 1.2 9 30 47° 60° 65°

Ammo racks

Ammo racks of the M13/40 (II)
rack empty
rack empty
rack empty
87 79 (+8) 54 (+33) (+86) Yes


  • Turret empty: 54 (+33) shells.

Machine guns

Ammunition1 536 rounds
Belt capacity24 rounds
Reloadbasic crew → aces
10.4 → 8.0 s
Fire rate600 shots/min
Ammunition1 536 rounds
Belt capacity24 rounds
Reloadbasic crew → aces
10.4 → 8.0 s
Fire rate600 shots/min
Main article: Breda Mod. 38 (8 mm)

Although the pintle-mounted machine gun cannot traverse independently of the turret on the horizontal, its limited vertical traverse can make it useful against unprotected enemy crew as well as incoming aircraft. The coaxial-mounted machine gun is hard to use for anything, as it's limited by the traverse of the main gun.

8 mm Breda Mod. 38
Mount Capacity (Belt) Fire rate Vertical Horizontal
Coaxial 1,536 (24) 600 N/A N/A
Pintle 1,536 (24) 600 -10°/+20° N/A

Usage in battles

Like the M13/40 (I), it can be used as a breakthrough tank to push through enemy defences and slowly, but surely destroy them, while driving at them at an angle to maximise armour effectiveness.

Just as with other models, you can also use flank route to go along with your team and to destroy every enemy tank that tries to flank your team.

The important difference from other models is that your gun depression is somewhat worse, so scaling hills is even more risky and has less worth than before. Instead, focus on pushing enemy tanks, as your ammunition is good enough to destroy most tanks in one shot.

Pros and cons


  • Very thick gun mantlet
  • Good gun depression
  • Its shells deal good post-penetration damage


  • Unsloped armour is easy to penetrate for opponents
  • Slow and unable to climb well
  • Struggles against better-armoured foes


Intended to replace the unsatisfactory M11/39, the M13/40 retained its main mechanical features, but with a more powerful gun in a fully rotating turret. The M13 was slow, unreliable, and suffered from the tank commander doubling as the gunner. Similar to early Soviet and French tanks, it did not receive radios as standard equipment until 1942. Nevertheless, it became the standard Italian medium tank from 1941 on, and is the best known Italian tank of the war. In War Thunder, the M13/40 (II) represents those made in the mid part of the production run, with hydraulic traverse gears and fixed radio installations.

It first saw service with the 3rd Medium Tank Battalion (Battaglione Carri M) in Libya's Sollum-Halfaya region. It later equipped 132nd "Ariete (Ram)" Armoured Division (Divisione Corazzata) in North Africa. From January to April of 1941, it also saw action in Yugoslavia and Greece with the 131st Centauro (Centaur) and 133rd Littorio armoured divisions. For a short time after the first rush of British victories in North Africa in early 1941, there were enough captured M13s to equip a British armoured unit, 6th Royal Tank Regiment, in Libya. These were all lost in turn to Rommel's offensive in March of that year. In late August of 1941, Italian medium tank platoons increased their number from four to five.

When Italy surrendered in September 1943, 22 M13s were captured by Germany, who handed them over to the Italian fascist forces. It is uncertain how many in total were produced, as many were converted to M14/41s: estimates range from 710 to 1,049.



See also

Related Development
Main article: M13/40 (Family)
Tanks of comparable role, configuration and era

External links

Autoblindo  AB 41 · AB 43
Light Tanks  L6/40 · L6/40 (31 Rgt.)
Medium Tanks  Celere Sahariano
M11/39  M11/39
M13/40  M13/40 (I) · M13/40 (II) · M13/40 (III)
M14/41  M14/41 · M14/41 (47/40)
M15/42  M15/42
P40  P40 · P40 "G.C. Leoncello"
Tank Destroyers 
L3/33  L3/33 CC
Semovente L40  47/32 L40
Semovente M41  75/18 M41 · 75/32 M41 · 90/53 M41M
Semovente M42  75/34 M42
Semovente M43  105/25 M43 · M43 "G.C.Leoncello" · 75/34 M43 · 75/46 M43
SPAAs  M42 Contraereo

Italy medium tanks
M13/40  M13/40 (I) · M13/40 (II) · M13/40 (III)
M14/41  M14/41 · M14/41 (47/40)
M15/42  M15/42
M16/43  Celere Sahariano
P26/40  P40 · P40 "G.C. Leoncello"
OF-40  OF-40 · OF-40 Mk.2A · OF-40 (MTCA)
Ariete  Ariete (P) · Ariete · Ariete PSO · Ariete AMV
Germany  ▄Pz.III N · ▄Pz.IV G · ▄Leopard 1A5
Allied powers  ▄Sherman I Composito · Sherman Ic · ▄Sherman Vc · ▄Sherman V · M26 "D.C.Ariete" · M26A1 · M47 (105/55) · M60A1 "D.C.Ariete"
Turán  Turan I · Turan II · Turan III
Germany  ◔Leopard 2A4
USSR  ◔T-72M1

Italy premium ground vehicles
Light tanks  L6/40 (31 Rgt.) · Toldi IIA · AUBL/74 HVG · VRCC · Centauro RGO
Medium tanks  M13/40 (II) · Turan II · M14/41 (47/40) · Celere Sahariano · P40 "G.C. Leoncello" · ▄Sherman I Composito · ▄Pz.IV G
  M26 "D.C.Ariete" · M60A1 "D.C.Ariete" · OF-40 (MTCA)
Heavy tanks  Tigris
Tank destroyers  Breda 90/53 · M43 "G.C.Leoncello" · Zrinyi I