Italian Armoured & Reconnaissance Cars 1911–45 cover


The first Italian armored cars were used in the war in Libya in 1911–12 against the Ottoman Empire. With few tanks being developed during World War I, the Italians relied instead on the development of more mobile armored cars like the Ansaldo Lancia 1 Z. After the war, the army focused on the Alpine battlegrounds of Italy's northern borders, and did not consider armored cars suitable for reconnaissance duties.

The experience of the Spanish Civil War would provide the much needed last push for the Italians to develop modern armored cars. The result were the famous AB 41-43 models, which fought against the British in North Africa and Marshall Tito's forces in Yugoslavia, along with other vehicles such as the AS 36 light armored car.

Using detailed color plates and contemporary photographs, this book examines the development of the Italian armored car in the two world wars and the inter-war years from the deserts of North Africa to the slopes of the Alps.

Table of Contents

Early armoured cars, 1911?35 /Interwar design and development: the Fiat 611 and the AB 40 /The AB 41?43 armoured cars /AB 41?43 development: the Sahariana /Reconnaissance and armoured personnel carriers /Field conversions and captured vehicles /Field conversions and captured vehicles /Bibliography /Index

Product details

Published Jul 24 2018
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 48
ISBN 9781472824332
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Dimensions 248 x 184 mm
Series New Vanguard
Short code NVG 261
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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