M 13/40 finished ….
About 2000 Fiat-Ansaldo M 13/40 medium tanks were produced from 1940 through to 1943 and fought in Greece, North Africa and the Italian campaign with captured examples being used in low numbers by the Australian 2/6th Cavalry Regiment and the 6th Royal Tank Regiment until taken overcome by lack of spares, fuel and attrition.
Original tanks lacked radios and crews received little training before the type was committed to action where it was badly handled by the Western Desert Allied Forces. It’s best features were the 47mm gun and it’s relatively long endurance range, however the riveted armour and lack of power/low speed limited it’s battle effectiveness.
Nevertheless M 13/40 vehicles could still be found at the end of the Italian campaign and into the post-war period as training vehicles in lieu of modern armour as the Italian Army re-equipped.