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Fiat-Ansaldo M15/42
General characteristics
4 peopleCrew
82 %Visibility
front / side / backArmour
50 / 25 / 25Hull
45 / 25 / 25Turret
15 tWeight
353 hp185 hpEngine power
23.5 hp/t12.3 hp/tPower-to-weight ratio
43 km/h forward
8 km/h back
39 km/h forward
7 km/h back
47 mm 47/40 mod.38 cannonMain weapon
111 roundsAmmunition
2.9 / 3.8 sReload
-10° / 20°Vertical guidance
8 mm Breda Mod. 38 machine gunCoaxial weapon
288 roundsAmmunition
8 / 10.4 sReload
24 roundsBelt capacity
600 shots/minFire rate
8 mm Breda Mod. 38 machine gunMachinegun
1524 roundsAmmunition
8 / 10.4 sReload
24 roundsBelt capacity
600 shots/minFire rate
7900 Rp icon.pngResearch
10000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png740 / 1001/910 / 1231/710 / 960Repair
3000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
10000 Sl icon.pngExperts
110 Ge icon.pngAces
112 % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
90 % Sl icon.png50 % Sl icon.png30 % Sl icon.png


GarageImage M15 42.jpg

The Fiat-Ansaldo M15/42 is a Rank II Italian medium tank with a battle rating of 2.3 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.85 "Supersonic". The M15/42 is the last tank before getting to the P40 and foreign medium tanks, and is the final version of the Carro Armato, thus giving some notable improvements over the previous models.

General info

Survivability and armour

The best way to describe the armour on the M15/42 is "Adequate".

  • Turret. The turret is only 25 mm at the side, but due to the roundness and the slope of the armour at the front of the tank, it has an effective thickness of ~70 mm which can bounce poorly aimed shots. The Manlet has two layers of armour stacked on top of each other, giving an effective thickness of 75 mm, however it has a shot trap on the left side which only has a thickness between 29 mm and 49 mm however due to the low BR, most new players won't know to shoot there. Despite the shot trap, the combination of good, sloped and rounded turret armour can make the M15/42 effective at hull-down positions.
  • Hull. The top of the hull has decent protection in the form of a 50 mm frontal plate and a ludicrously sloped 80° 20 mm plate which has an effective thickness of ~75 mm. However, the lower Glacis plate only has a thickness of 30 mm and is directly in front of the transmission, so shots there will cripple the tank's mobility and possible result in the player's destruction.


Fitting the M15/42 calling card of being "Adequate", the mobility is decent. While being significantly slower than most light tanks encountered at this BR, it has decent mobility for a medium tank over most terrain.


Main armament

Main article: 47/40 mod.38 (47 mm)
The 47/40 mod.38 is quite the powerhouse at this rank, especially due to the effective shells at it's disposal. The Mod.39 shell has a decent muzzle velocity of 755 m/s, good post-penetration damage and adequate penetration at close ranges. However, it quickly loses effectiveness at longer ranges. This encourages the player to fight in the mid-range area, almost always in a hull-down position.
47 mm 47/40 mod.38
Capacity Vertical
111 -10°/+20° ±180° N/A
Turret rotation speed (°/s)
Mode Stock Upgraded Prior + Full crew Prior + Expert qualif. Prior + Ace qualif.
Arcade __.__ __.__ __.__ __.__ __.__
Realistic __.__ __.__ __.__ __.__ __.__
Reloading rate (seconds)
Stock Prior + Full crew Prior + Expert qualif. Prior + Ace qualif.
__.__ __.__ __.__ __.__
Penetration statistics
Ammunition Type of
Penetration in mm @ 90°
10m 100m 500m 1000m 1500m 2000m
Granata mod.35 HE 4 4 4 4 4 4
Granata Perforante mod.39 APBC 69 67 59 50 43 36
Shell details
Ammunition Type of
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 mod.35 HE 250 2.4 2 0.1 150 ° 79° 80° 81°
Granata Perforante mod.39 APBC 755 1.4 1.2 15 30 ° 48° 63° 71°
Ammo racks
rack empty
rack empty
rack empty
rack empty
rack empty
rack empty
111 XX (X+)  (+)  (+)  (+)  (+)  (+) No

Machine guns

Main article: Breda Mod. 38 (8 mm)
8 mm Breda Mod. 38
Coaxial mount
Capacity (Belt capacity) Fire rate
1,524 (24) 600 N/A N/A
Pintle mount
Capacity (Belt capacity) Fire rate
288 (24) 600 __° __°

Usage in the battles

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Pros and cons

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  • Solid frontal armour
  • Decent mobility
  • The Mod.39 shell has effective penetration for the BR and quite good post-penetration damage
  • Best shell is unlocked by standard
  • Decent gun depression of 10°
  • Adequate turret traverse
  • Due to the 80° angle the upper glacis is angled at, it can be a very good shot-bouncer
  • Hard to kill from the front, especially when in a hull-down position
  • Decent muzzle velocity


  • Crew is cramped
  • Mod.39 shell rapidly loses effectiveness at range
  • Frontal plate is almost flat
  • Rest of the armour is mediocre at best
  • Shots to the lower glacis almost always result in the transmission breaking


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Read 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
  M26 "D.C.Ariete" · M26A1 · M47 (105/55) · M60A1 "D.C.Ariete" · ▄Leopard 1A5