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08.03.2019

War Thunder Italian Tanks

War Thunder Italian Tanks: A Quick Guide

 

War Thunder is a popular massively multiplayer online military game from Gaijin Entertainment. Since its release in 2013, the developers have continued to add to and support the game. As it’s a free to play title, this means that there’s a whole lot of content you can access. Those who pay for premium services will also get to sample upcoming content in closed beta tests.

Two of the most recent updates, patches 1.82 and 1.85, added some significant improvement to the game. The Masters of the Sea update (1.82) introduced naval units into the game. Supersonic (1.85) added Italian ground units. We’ve already written at length about the new ship content, so this guide will focus on War Thunder Italian tanks.

War Thunder 1.85

The Supersonic update (1.85) for War Thunder added plenty of great new content to the main game. Much of this had been on beta servers for a while. But it’s now in the game proper. Some of the most notable additions to this release were supersonic aircraft, guided air-to-air missiles, new ships, and, of course, Italian ground forces.

Below, we’ve listed out all of the War Thunder Italian tanks now in the game:


 

  1. AB41

  2. AB43

  3. AS42

  4. Centauro

  5. Centauro ROMOR

  6. FIAT 6614

  7. AUBL/74

  8. L3/33 CC

  9. L6/40

  10. M113A1 (TOW)

  11. M11/39

  12. M13/40 (I)

  13. M13/40 (II)

  1. M13/40 (III)

  2. M14/41

  3. M15/42

  4. M26A1

  5. M36B1

  6. M47 (105/55)

  7. M60A1 "D.C.Ariete" (pack)

  8. OF-40

  9. OF-40 Mk.2A

  10. R3 T106 FA

  11. R3 T20 FA-HS

  12. SIDAM 25

  13. OTOMATIC

  1. P40

  2. Breda 501

  3. 47/32 L40

  4. 75/18 M41

  5. 75/32 M41

  6. 90/53 M41M

  7. 75/34 M42

  8. 105/25 M43

  9. 105/25 M43 "G.C.Leoncello" (pack)

  10. 75/34 M43

  11. 75/46 M43

  12. M4 Tipo IC


 

As you can see, these 38 unique units cover a broad range of the most iconic Italian ground units from military history. As with all of the game’s content, the developers are committed to recreating vehicles as accurately as possible based on their design and performance.

The units displayed above are showed across six different ranks, meaning the War Thunder Italian tech tree is pretty substantial. Players have plenty of options for advancing their units in a way they see fit.

War Thunder Italian Tech Tree

How you progress your tech tree is up to you. There are many exciting vehicles to choose from, but not all are created equal. Below, we’ve outlined some advice for each tier in regards to what is worth choosing and what isn’t:

I Rank

Here’s some info about the picks of the first rank of the tech tree:

  • M13/40. This Fiat-Ansaldo medium tank has a battle rating of 1.0. It features a 47 mm 47/32 mod.35 cannon with 104 rounds, as well as two 8 mm Breda Mod. 38 machine guns. It’s quite manoeuvrable and has its strongest armour towards the front.

  • M14/41. This Fiat-Ansaldo medium tank has a battle rating of 1.7. It features the same 47 mm 47/32 mod.35 cannon as the M13/40 with 87 rounds, as well as two 8 mm Breda Mod. 38 machine guns.

  • L3-33. The Carro Armato L3/33 CC is an Italian tank destroyer that has a battle rating of 1.0. It’s quick and easy to move, although has very little armour which can leave it vulnerable in some situations. It has 110 rounds for its 20 mm Fucile Controcarri S Mod.39 antitank rifle.

  • AS43. This anti-aircraft gun is a self-propelled unit that has a 20 mm Breda Mod.35 cannon.

  • AB41. Although this armoured car may seem like an appealing prospect, it’s in fact quite a difficult unit to work with. It has limited ammunition and is inaccurate over long distances.

II Rank

We’ve highlighted some of the important War Thunder Italian Tech Tree rank II units:

  • M42. The Semovente M42 Contraereo is nicknamed Quadruplo and is an anti-aircraft unit that’s self-propelled. It has a battle rating of 3.7 and features four 20 mm Scotti-IF 20/70 mod.41 cannons.

  • 755/18 M41. This tank destroyer is reasonably mobile although has very little armour. Its battle rating is 2.3 and it has a 75 mm 75/18 mod.34 cannon and an 8 mm Breda Mod. 38 machine gun.

  • P40. One of the most impressive II Rank units is the Fiat-Ansaldo P40 tank. Its battle rating is 3.3 and it has a 75 mm Ansaldo 75 L/34 cannon as well as two 8 mm Breda Mod. 38 machine guns.

  • 90/53 M41M. Although the armour on the Semovente 90/53 M41M isn’t amazing, the tank destroyer is a useful vehicle to have on flat terrains. It has a 3.7 battle rating and uses a 90 mm 90/53 mod.41 cannon.

III Rank

Here are some notable units from this level of the tech tree:

  • 105/25 M43. This 3.3 battle-rated tank destroyer has a 105 mm Cannone Ansaldo da 105/25 cannon. The Semovente 105/25 M43 is a useful addition.

  • R3 T20 FA-HS. The OTO R3 T20 FA-HS is an upgrade to the self-propelled anti-aircraft offering. Thanks to its 20 mm Oerlikon KAD cannon it has a battle rating of 3.3.

  • Breda 501. Semovente Ruotato da 90/52 Breda 501 is another tank destroyer. It’s perhaps not the best choice despite its 4.0 battle rating, as it’s a big, slow-moving target in some conditions and doesn’t have much armour. It can be effective on good terrain with its 90 mm 90/53 mod.41 cannon.

IV Rank

For this rank, we’ve mentioned some of the most useful units available:

  • M36B1. The 90 mm Cannone da 90/50 M3A1 cannon and 12.7 mm M2HB machine gun of the Semovente da 90/50 M36B1 make it a fairly effective tank destroyer with a battle rating of 6.3.

  • M26A1. The Carro Armato M26A1 is a fairly manoeuvrable tank featuring a 90 mm Cannone da 90/50 M3A1 cannon, 12.7 mm M2HB machine gun, and 7.62 mm M1919A4 machine gun. It has a battle rating of 6.7.

  • FIAT 6614. The FIAT 6614 (M40A1) is a speedy Italian light tank featuring a 106 mm Recoilless Rifle Cannone da 106 s.r.M40A1 and a 12.7 mm M80 machine gun. Its battle rating is 6.3.

V Rank

The penultimate rank features some fearsome vehicles:

  • Centauro. The Blindo Armata B1 Centauro tank destroyer has a battle rating of 7.7 thanks to a 105 mm OTO Melara 105/52 cannon and two 7.62 mm Beretta MG42/59 machine guns.

  • SIDAM. The Sistema Italiano Difesa Aerea Mobile, 25mm is an anti-aircraft gun with an 8.0 battle rating. It’s a highly effective unit, particularly when you upgrade the penetration of the four 25 mm Oerlikon KBA cannons.

  • M113A1 (TOW). The 8.3 battle rating of the OTO Melara VTC M113A1 TOW comes thanks to the BGM-71B TOW ATGM and the 12.7 mm M2HB machine gun it features.

VI Rank

There are three powerful vehicles in the War Thunder Italian tech tree rank VI:

  • Centauro ROMOR. This impressive tank destroyer has a 105 mm OTO Melara 105/52 cannon and two 7.62 mm Beretta MG42/59 machine guns, giving it a battle rating of 9.3-9.7.

  • OF-40 Mk.2A. The Carro Armato OTO Melara OF-40 Mk.2A light tank is equipped with a 105 mm OTO Melara 105/52 cannon, 12.7 mm M2HB machine gun, and 7,62 mm Beretta MG42/59 machine gun, giving it a battle rating of 8.7.

  • OTOMATIC. The OTO Main Anti-aircraft Tank for Intercept and Combat is an impressive antiaircraft gun that can take down planes with one shot of its 76 mm OTO Breda Cannone da 76/62 cannon.

Final Thoughts

The addition of War Thunder Italian tanks is a welcome one to the game. Although they may not be the most powerful units in the game, there are plenty of interesting ones across each rank. As always, Gaijin Entertainment relies on historical accuracy when introducing new vehicles.

The community is starting to embrace the Italian tanks, and there will no doubt be plenty of skins coming to the marketplace and other sites soon. You can start exploring this new content for free by downloading War Thunder.

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