Fiat-Ansaldo P40 Gruppo Corazzato "Leoncello"

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General info

The P40 Leoncello in the garage.

The Fiat-Ansaldo P40 Gruppo Corazzato "Leoncello" is a gift Rank II Italian medium tank with a battle rating of 3.3. 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 main purpose, usage and tactics recommendations

General play style

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.

Vehicle characteristics

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.

Tactics

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.

Support
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 for the kill. Coordinate effectively to control choke points against the enemy movements.

Flanking
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.

Specific enemies worth noting

British tanks using solid shot will cut through your armor like butter. Attempt to target them with priority, as most other tanks such as early T-34s will have trouble penetrating your armor if angled properly at >100m

Counter-tactics

Use the tank's lack of turning mobility and attempt to flank. If all else fails, attempt to put a well-aimed shot just under the gun mantlet of the tank, as it is only 50mm. This should effectively disable their ability to fire back.

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Decent sloped armor for BR 3.3.
  • Good HE filler for APCBC rounds.
  • Good forward mobility.
  • Has smoke grenade launchers.

Cons:

  • 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.

Specifications

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Armaments

1 x 75 mm Ansaldo 75 L/34 cannon (63 rounds)
2 x 8 mm Breda Mod. 38 machine gun (576 rounds)
5 x Smoke grenade launcher

Main armament

1 x 75 mm Ansaldo 75 L/34 cannon
  • Ammunition Capacity: 63 Shells
  • Gun Depression: -10°
  • Gun Elevation: 23°
  • Turret Rotation Speed: 8.3°/s (Stock), 11.5°/s (Upgraded), __._°/s (Prior + Full Crew), __._°/s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), __._°/s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
  • Reloading Rate: 6.5s (Stock), __._s (Full Crew), __._s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), __._s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
1 x 75 mm Ansaldo 75 L/34 cannon
  • Ammunition Capacity: 63 Shells
  • Gun Depression: -10°
  • Gun Elevation: 23°
  • Turret Rotation Speed: 8.3°/s (Stock), 9.8°/s (Upgraded), __._°/s (Prior + Full Crew), __._°/s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), __._°/s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
  • Reloading Rate: 6.5s (Stock), __._s (Full Crew), __._s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), __._s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
1 x 75 mm Ansaldo 75 L/34 cannon
  • Ammunition Capacity: 63 Shells
  • Gun Depression: -10°
  • Gun Elevation: 23°
  • Turret Rotation Speed: 8.3°/s (Stock), 9.8°/s (Upgraded), __._°/s (Prior + Full Crew), __._°/s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), __._°/s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
  • Reloading Rate: 6.5s (Stock), __._s (Full Crew), __._s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), __._s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
Ammunition
Ammunition Penetration in mm @ 0° Angle of Attack Type of
warhead
Velocity
in m/s
Projectile
Mass in kg
Fuse delay in m: Fuse sensitivity in mm: Explosive Mass in
TNT equivalent
in g:
Normalization At 30° from horizontal: Ricochet:
10m 100m 500m 1000m 1500m 2000m 0% 50% 100%
Granata Perforante 75/32 75 72 66 59 53 48 APCBC 624 6.2 1.3 15 270 ° 48° 63° 71°
EPS M42 100 100 100 100 100 100 HEAT 552 5.3 0.0 0.1 656.64 +0° 62° 69° 73°
Granata 75/32 9 9 9 9 9 9 HE 552 6.4 0.4 0.1 600 +0° 79° 80° 81°
Ammo racks
Ammo racks of the P 26/40.
Full
ammo
1st
rack empty
2nd
rack empty
3rd
rack empty
4th
rack empty
5th
rack empty
6th
rack empty
Recommendations Visual
discrepancy
63 58 (+5) 53 (+10) 48 (+15) 43 (+20) 22 (+41) (+62) Sponsons empty: 43 (+20) No

Secondary armament

1 x 8 mm Breda Mod. 38 machine gun (coaxial)
1 x 8 mm Breda Mod. 38 machine gun (pintle-mount)
5 x Smoke grenade launcher

Crew

  • Commander
  • Gunner
  • Driver
  • Machine gunner

Total: 4 Crew members

Armour

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

Notes:

  • 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.

Engine & mobility

Weight: 26.0 ton

Max Speed: 45 km/h
Stock

  • Engine Power: 511 hp @ 2100 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: 19.65 hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: 40°

Upgraded

  • Engine Power: 630 hp @ 2100 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: 24.23 hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: 43°
Weight: 26.0 ton

Max Speed: 40 km/h
Stock

  • Engine Power: 292 hp @ 2100 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: 11.23 hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: 40°

Upgraded

  • Engine Power: 330 hp @ 2100 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: 12.69 hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: 41°
Weight: 26.0 ton

Max Speed: 40 km/h
Stock

  • Engine Power: 292 hp @ 2100 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: 11.23 hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: 40°

Upgraded

  • Engine Power: 330 hp @ 2100 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: 12.69 hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: 41°

Modules and improvements

Tier Mobility Protection Firepower
I Tracks Parts Horizontal drive, EPS M42
II Suspension, Brake system FPE Adjustment of fire
III Filters Crew replenishment Elevation mechanism, Smoke grenade
IV Transmission, Engine Artillery support

History of creation and combat usage

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

Screenshots and fan art

Skins and camouflages for the _____ from live.warthunder.com.

Additional information (links)

[Gaijin Store] P40 LEONCELLO ADVANCED PACK The guys behind the Italian P40 Tank!

References


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Icon-country-koi.png P40 "Leoncello"
Nation Italy
Type Medium tank
Rank 2
Battle Rating
3.3
3.3
3.3

   Metric✓       Imperial   

   Metric       Imperial✓   

Characteristics
Weight
26,000 kg
57,320 lb
Number of Crew 4
Hull armour thickness
50/40/40/15 mm
1.97/1.57/1.57/0.59 inches
Statistics
Engine power (stock)
511 hp
292 hp
292 hp
Engine power (upgraded)
630 hp
330 hp
330 hp
HP/ton ratio (stock)
19.65
19.97
11.23
11.41
11.23
11.41
HP/ton ratio (Upgraded)
24.23
24.62
12.69
12.90
12.69
12.90
Max speed
45 km/h
27.9 mph
40 km/h
25.1 mph
40 km/h
25.1 mph
Main Weapon
1 x 75 mm Ansaldo 75 L/34 Cannon
Ammo stowage 63 rounds
Vertical guidance -10°/23°
Secondary Weapon
1 x 8 mm Breda Mod. 38 Machine gun
Ammo stowage 288 rounds
Mount Coaxial
1 x 8 mm Breda Mod. 38 Machine gun
Ammo stowage 288 rounds
Mount Pintle mount
Vertical guidance -10°/20°
Economy
Required RP N/A
Vehicle cost N/A
Crew training cost 10,000 SL
Max repair cost*
1,450 SL
1,200 SL
1,200 SL
Free repair time (Stock)
3h 44m
4h 48m
4h 28m
Free repair time (Upgraded)
1h 14m
1h 36m
1h 29m
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