The L6/40 had a 7- bhp SPA 180 engine that was capable of propelling it at speeds of up to 42 km/h. The armament of the L6/40 consisted of a single 20 mm Breda Model 35 cannon and a 8 mm Breda machine gun.
Its total length was about 3.84 meters, a width of 1.85 meters, and height of 2.03 meters while its total weight was 6,800 kg. Inside the vehicle were only two crew members who were protected by a maximum of 30 mm of armor plating.
While the L6/40 didn't have any major variants, it had several specialized versions. One of these was a version called the Lf that replaced the tank's main turret with a flamethrower and carried 44 gallons of fuel. However, it is unknown if this variant ever saw combat. Several L6/40s were also fitted out as command vehicles with open rooves and additional radio equipment. The L6/40's chassis was also used for the Sevomente 47/32 self-propelled gun, which was armed with a 47 mm turret.
When World War II began, the L6/40 was primarily used for armed reconnaissance by the Italian Army. They were deployed in the Eastern Front, as well as in the North African and Mediterranean Campaigns, commonly paired with self-propelled artillery. However, as Italy lost more and more tanks, L6/40s began to be used as frontline cavalry units, a role in which they proved to be decidedly obsolete. Production ended in 1944 with approximately 283 examples built. After the Italian armistice, L6/40s continued to be used by Nazi Germany.
- ↑ http://www.comandosupremo.com/CarroL640.html
- ↑ http://www.onwar.com/tanks/italy/data/l640.htm
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 http://wwiivehicles.com/italy/tanks-light/l6-40.asp