M13/40 (II)

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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).


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The M13/40 (II) is a rank 1 premium Italian medium tank. 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 improving the crew. Compared to the M13/40 (III), it just has worse gun depression, with everything else being the 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 can penetrate the front of some of the tanks it will face and one-shot them. It has decent armor, strong enough to bounce shots at a 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 it's even less worth it to go up hills with worse vertical angles.

General info

Survivability and armour

Armour is same as all M13/40 - Angle your tank to have 36 to 50 mm effective armour thickness and use it to block enemy shots. Destroy British tanks as soon as possible, as every single one of them can destroy your tank.

However, the default camouflage is now the desert one, which means you will be at a disadvantage on non-desert maps at first in terms of stealth.


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 14 201 248 14.36 17.71
Realistic 32 5 115 130 8.21 9.29

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.


Main armament

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 -10°/+25° ±180° N/A 13.33 __.__ __.__ __.__ __.__ 3.77 _.__ _.__ _.__
Realistic 8.33 __.__ __.__ __.__ __.__


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 29
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 9.0 30 47° 60° 65°
Granata Perforante mod.39 APBC 630 1.44 1.2 9.0 30 47° 60° 65°

Ammo racks

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Turret empty: 54

Machine guns

Main article: Breda Mod. 38 (8 mm)

The pintle-mounted machine gun can be used against open topped vehicles and against strafing planes. 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 capacity)
Rate of fire
Coaxial 1,524 (24) 600 N/A N/A
Pintle 1,524 (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. This role is reinforced by a fact that this tank has better reload rate and doesn't have to suffer two counter-shots for one, and can destroy all the tanks that pop out of cover with nearly no break.

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 fire rate when trained is 3.5 seconds, and your ammunition is good enough to destroy most tanks in one shot.


Tier Mobility Protection Firepower
I Tracks Parts Horizontal Drive
II Suspension Brake System FPE Adjustment of Fire Granata Perforante mod.39
III Filters Crew Replenishment Elevation Mechanism
IV Transmission Engine Artillery Support
This is a premium vehicle: all modifications are unlocked on purchase

Pros and cons


  • Like all M13/40 tanks, has armour decent enough to break through enemy lines when angled
  • Compared to mark I, reload speed upgrade allows it to dominate over groups of enemy tanks while they try to figure your armour out
  • Allows player to use full M13/40 lineup and dismiss all the other Italian rank I tanks, which is arguably for the best


  • Still struggles at fighting other heavily armoured tanks at 500 m range
  • Has worse gun depression than either of the reserve Italian tanks


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 Russian 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.


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See also

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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
  ▄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"