P40 "G.C. Leoncello"

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This page is about the Italian premium medium tank P40 "G.C. Leoncello". For other uses, see P40 (Disambiguation). For the regular version, see P40.
P40 "G.C. Leoncello"
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P40 "G.C. Leoncello"
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The Fiat-Ansaldo P40 Gruppo Corazzato "Leoncello" is a gift rank II Italian medium tank with a battle rating of 3.3 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.73 "Vive la France" as one of the first Italian ground vehicles implemented. The P40 "Leoncello" is part of the revenue share program and was created by Nicola "Kolin0" Faggiani and Riccardo "BlueBeta" Lo Verso.

The P40's best description in its place on the War Thunder battlefield is "average". Average armour, average gun, and average mobility. For this reason, it can perform most roles of a typical medium tank in a flanking or support role, but should not be relied on to be a shield or a speedster.

The P40 features a default tri-tone camouflage of yellow, green, and red-brown; colors not too unlike that of late German tanks.

The P40 presents all-around sloped armour on the hull with sand skirts handing over the suspension area, which consists of leaf spring bogies not too unlike those found on the Panzer IV. The turret is also sloped in all sides, and is relatively low profile in comparison to the rest of the tank size. The construction of the whole tank also consists of rivets, rather than weld or cast, which gives the detail of numerous circular rivets around the tank.

General info

Survivability and armour

Smoke grenades
Creation of a smoke screen in front of the vehicle
Armourfront / side / back
Hull50 / 45 / 40
Turret50 / 45 / 45
Crew4 people
Visibility88 %

Armour type:

  • Rolled homogeneous armour
  • Structural steel
Armour Front (Slope angle) Sides Rear Roof
Hull 50 mm (45°), 30 mm (78°), 45 mm (45°) Front glacis
50 mm (38°) Lower glacis
74 mm (45°) Driver's hatch
45 mm (35°) Top
40 mm Bottom
40 mm Fighting compartment rear
40 mm (10-40°)
45 mm Front
15 mm Rear
Turret 50 mm (20°) Turret front
48 + 48 mm (1-78°) Gun mantlet
45 mm (25-26°) 45 mm Top
23 + 50 + 45 mm Turret bustle
20 mm


  • Suspension wheels are 15 mm thick, bogies are 10 mm thick, and tracks are 20 mm thick.
  • 4 mm side skirts line up parts of the bottom side hull.
  • Belly armour is 14 mm thick.


Speedforward / back
AB45 / 5 km/h
RB and SB41 / 5 km/h
Number of gears5 forward
1 back
Weight26.0 t
Engine power
AB630 hp
RB and SB330 hp
Power-to-weight ratio
AB24.2 hp/t
RB and SB12.7 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 45 5 26 511 630 19.65 24.23
Realistic 41 5 292 330 11.23 12.69

Modifications and economy

Repair cost
AB1 800 Sl icon.png
RB3 000 Sl icon.png
SB3 530 Sl icon.png
Crew training10 000 Sl icon.png
Experts80 000 Sl icon.png
Aces270 Ge icon.png
Research Aces500 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
Talisman.png 2 × 50 / 90 / 110 % Sl icon.png
Talisman.png 2 × 130 / 130 / 130 % Rp icon.png
Mobility Protection Firepower
Mods new tank traks.png
Mods new tank suspension.png
Mods new tank break.png
Brake System
Mods new tank filter.png
Mods new tank transmission.png
Mods new tank engine.png
Mods tank tool kit.png
Mods extinguisher.png
Mods tank reinforcement it.png
Crew Replenishment
Mods new tank horizontal aiming.png
Horizontal Drive
Mods tank ammo.png
Mods tank cannon.png
Adjustment of Fire
Mods new tank vertical aiming.png
Elevation Mechanism
Mods smoke screen.png
Smoke grenade
Mods art support.png
Artillery Support


Main armament

75 mm Ansaldo 75 L/34 cannon
Ammunition63 rounds
Reloadbasic crew → aces
6.5 → 5.0 s
Vertical guidance-10° / 23°
75 mm Ansaldo 75 L/34
Capacity Vertical
63 -10°/+23° ±180°
Turret rotation speed (°/s)
Mode Stock Upgraded Prior + Full crew Prior + Expert qualif. Prior + Ace qualif.
Arcade 8.3 11.5 22.4 24.8 56.4
Realistic 8.3 9.8 11.9 13.2 14.0
Reloading rate (seconds)
Stock Prior + Full crew Prior + Expert qualif. Prior + Ace qualif.
6.5 5.8 5.3 5.0
Penetration statistics
Ammunition Type of
Penetration in mm @ 90°
10m 100m 500m 1000m 1500m 2000m
Granata Perforante 75/32 APCBC 75 72 66 59 53 48
EPS M42 HEAT 100 100 100 100 100 100
Granata 75/32 HE 9 9 9 9 9 9
Shell details
Ammunition Velocity
in m/s
Mass in kg
Fuse delay

in m:

Fuse sensitivity

in mm:

Explosive Mass in g
(TNT equivalent):
Normalization At 30°
from horizontal:
0% 50% 100%
Granata Perforante 75/32 624 6.2 1.3 15 270 ° 48° 63° 71°
EPS M42 552 5.3 0.0 0.1 656.64 +0° 62° 69° 73°
Granata 75/32 552 6.4 0.4 0.1 600 +0° 79° 80° 81°

Ammo racks

Ammo racks of the P40 "G.C. Leoncello"
rack empty
rack empty
rack empty
rack empty
rack empty
rack empty
63 58 (+5) 53 (+10) 48 (+15) 43 (+20) 22 (+41) (+62) No

Sponsons empty: 43 (+20)

Machine guns

8 mm Breda Mod. 38 machine gun (coaxial)
Ammunition288 rounds
Belt capacity24 rounds
Reloadbasic crew → aces
10.4 → 8.0 s
Fire rate600 shots/min
8 mm Breda Mod. 38 machine gun
Ammunition288 rounds
Belt capacity24 rounds
Reloadbasic crew → aces
10.4 → 8.0 s
Fire rate600 shots/min
Main article: Breda Mod. 38 (8 mm)
8 mm Breda Mod. 38
Pintle mount
Capacity (Belt capacity) Fire rate
288 (24) 600 -10°/+20° ±180°
Coaxial mount
Capacity (Belt capacity) Fire rate
288 (24) 600 N/A N/A

Usage in battles

The P40 can be played like other medium tanks like the Panzer IV in that use the mobility to try and get a position of opportunity against the enemy. Though the 75 mm APCBC is generally inadequate in a frontal engagement, the usage of the HEAT round could level the disparity in armour and firepower.

Simply put, stick together with allies during an assault or defense of a base. The P40 is still a vital piece as a team player and would still attract the enemy's attention either as an easy target or a threat with the 75 mm gun. Allow the enemy tanks to try and take attention of the P40 or another ally and while the lone enemy is targeting one, the other moves in to hit the enemy. Coordinate effectively to control choke points against the enemy movements.

The P40 "Leoncello" has quite a forward mobility and this can be used to get to areas around the main point of contention to get to the enemy's sides. This would be beneficial as the P40 75 mm APCBC ammunition can do its work in piercing the weaker armour on the sides and use the huge explosive filler in each round for a crippling effect on the penetrated enemy tank. Take cover behind concealment and lob rounds at the enemy as they move to engage the bulk of the allies in the expected fighting zones. Take care not to get hit and compound angle to make the most of the front sloping 50 mm of armour on the front.

Pros and cons


  • Decent sloped armor
  • Good HE filler for APCBC rounds
  • Good forward mobility
  • Has smoke grenade launchers


  • Bad acceleration
  • Slow reverse
  • 40 km/h top speed
  • Only 75 mm of pen for APCBC round
  • Slow turret traverse
  • Machine gun magazines are small, can't sustain fire
  • Armour is not strong enough for a straight-on hit from most guns at its contemporaries
  • Large 15 mm armoured engine deck could be pierced from aerial heavy machine gun attacks
  • SPAA auto cannons could penetrate through the flat turret face
  • Pintle mount machine gun can only be adjusted in elevation, not horizontally
  • Smoke grenade pops up behind tank, can't create a screen in front


The P 26/40 was by Italian standards a heavy tank, with the designation "P" standing for "Pesante". It was adopted in 1940 and weighed 26 tonness. The P40 was the only heavy tank to be conceived by the Italians and only a few were made. Only 2 P40s are still in existance



See also

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

External links

Italy medium tanks
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
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
Foreign  ▄M4 Hybrid · M4 Tipo IC · ▄Sherman Vc · ▄M4A4
  M26 "D.C.Ariete" · M26A1 · M47 (105/55) · M60A1 "D.C.Ariete" · ▄Leopard 1A5

Italy premium ground vehicles
Light tanks  M13/40 (II) · AUBL/74 HVG
Medium tanks  M14/41 (47/40) · Celere Sahariano · P40 "G.C. Leoncello" · ▄M4 Hybrid · M26 "D.C.Ariete" · M60A1 "D.C.Ariete" · OF-40 (MTCA)
Tank destroyers  M43 "G.C.Leoncello"