P40 "G.C. Leoncello"
|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.|
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.
Survivability and armour
- 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
- 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.
|Game Mode||Max Speed (km/h)||Weight (tons)||Engine power (horsepower)||Power-to-weight ratio (hp/ton)|
Modifications and economy
|75 mm Ansaldo 75 L/34||Turret rotation speed (°/s)||Reloading rate (seconds)|
|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 75/32||APCBC||79||78||71||64||58||52|
|Ammunition|| Type of
| Fuse delay
| Fuse sensitivity
| Explosive Mass
(TNT equivalent) (g)
|Granata Perforante 75/32||APCBC||637||6.35||1.2||14||270||48°||63°||71°|
|63||58 (+5)||53 (+10)||48 (+15)||43 (+20)||22 (+41)||1 (+62)||No|
Sponsons empty: 43 (+20)
|8 mm Breda Mod. 38|
|Mount||Capacity (Belt)||Fire rate||Vertical||Horizontal|
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 defence 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
- Decently sloped armour, can be surprisingly bouncy when angled properly
- Large amount of HE filler (270 grams!) in APCBC rounds can help reliably destroy tanks that the shell penetrates
- HEAT round has 100mm of penetration - can penetrate the frontal armour of the American M4 Sherman and the Soviet T-34 medium tanks
- Competitive 6.5 seconds stock reload - can go down to 5 seconds with an aced crew
- Good forward mobility
- Has smoke grenade launchers
- Increase in RP and SL gain due to premium bonuses
- Armour profile is weak against most opponents, even against some SPAA autocannons
- Large 15 mm armoured engine deck could also be pierced from aerial heavy machine gun attacks
- Bad acceleration
- Slow reverse
- Rather slow 40 km/h top speed
- Only 75 mm of pen for APCBC round
- Only two viable rounds - must choose between increased penetration with HEAT or increased post-pen damage with APCBC
- Slow turret traverse
- Machine gun magazines are small, can't sustain fire
- 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 existence.
- Vehicles equipped with the same chassis
- Vehicles equipped with the same gun
- Other vehicles of similar configuration and role
- T-34 (Family) - T-34/76 models
- The guys behind the Italian P40 Tank!
- [Gaijin Store] P40 LEONCELLO ADVANCED PACK
- [Wikipedia] P26/40 tank
- [Tanks Encyclopedia] Carro Armato P26/40
- [Military Factory] Carro Armato P40 (Carro Pesante P40)
|Italy medium tanks|
|M13/40||M13/40 (I) · M13/40 (II) · M13/40 (III)|
|M14/41||M14/41 · M14/41 (47/40)|
|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|
|▄Pz.III N · ▄Pz.IV G|
|M26 "D.C.Ariete" · M26A1 · M47 (105/55) · M60A1 "D.C.Ariete" · ▄Leopard 1A5|
|Italy premium ground vehicles|
|Light tanks||Toldi IIA · AUBL/74 HVG|
|Medium tanks||M13/40 (II) · M14/41 (47/40) · Celere Sahariano · P40 "G.C. Leoncello" · ▄M4 Hybrid · ▄Pz.IV G|
|M26 "D.C.Ariete" · M60A1 "D.C.Ariete" · OF-40 (MTCA)|
|Tank destroyers||M43 "G.C.Leoncello"|