Image: Carro Veloce CV-35 (L3/35)
Vehicle TypeLight Tankette
Origin & DesignerItaly/Ansaldo
Numbers Produced2.500 (Many converted from CV-33s)
Crew2 (Commander/Gunner & Driver)
Main Armament2 x 8mm Breda M38 Machine Guns
Main Armament[@sponson_traverse]
Elevation-12° to +15°
Turret Traverse[@turret_traverse]
Gun Traverse12° Left 7 Right (Manual)
Gun Mount[@gun_mounts]
Maximum Range[@maximum_range]
Armour Penetration[@armour_penetration]
Gun Sight[@gun_sight]
Secondary Armament[@secondary_armament]
Smoke Discharger[@smoke_discharger]
Ammunition Carried2.240 x 8mm
Combat Weight3.250 kg
Ground Clearance0.23m
Fording Depth1.40m
Trench Crossing2.10m
Obstacle Clearance0.71m
Climbing Ability45°
ArmourHull Front: 14mm
Hull Sides: 9mm
Hull Rear: 9mm
Hull Top: 6mm
Hull Bottom: 6mm
Gun Compartment:
Gun Mantle: None
Front: 14mm
Sides: 9mm
Rear: 9mm
Top: 6mm
EngineFiat-SPA CV3 4 Cyl (Petrol)
Transmission4 Forward & 1 Reverse
Maximum Road Range150 km
Maximum Cross Country Range60 km
Maximum Water Range[@maximum_water_range]
Maximum Road Speed42 kph
Maximum Cross Country Speed26 kph
Maximum Water Speed[@maximum_water_speed]
VariantsCV-38: 200 converted from 1942, the CV-38 had versions carrying 13.2mm M31 Breda Machine Guns and 20mm Solothurn & 20mm Anti-Tank Rifles.
L3/35 Lanciaflamme: Armed with a Flame-Thrower instead of Machine Guns.
NotesThe CV-35 was light two man tankette and armed with two machine guns. It was initially known as the CV-33 and armed with a single machine gun. It was totally inadequate for modern warfare, but served in Italian armoured division in the early years of World War Two. It saw action on every front were Italian units fought but was gradually withdrawn to secondary fronts.