So, for example, the Germans did not disdain even L3 wedges. After the surrender of Italy, part of these machines went to the Yugoslav partisans, part to the Croatian troops and the German Wehrmacht, which used them for anti-partisan operations in Yugoslavia. Moreover, by order of the German authorities in 1944, another 17 L3 tankettes were assembled. Equipped with these machines tank groups RSI (Italian fascist republic of Salo) “Leoncello” and “Leonessa”.
The Germans also received L6 / 40 light tanks. They entered service with the Wehrmacht under the symbol Pz Kpfw L6 (i) and were used in the tank battalion of the SS Prince Prince Eugene SS division in Yugoslavia, as well as in the 336 infantry and 26 armored divisions in Italy and Slovakia.
German soldier posing against the background of L3 wedges. 1943 year
According to the German order, 1944 tanks of this type were also manufactured during 17.
As for the Italian medium tanks, in September 1943 of the year 22 tank М13 / 40, 1 - М14 / 41 and 16 of the command vehicles fell to the German troops. Wehrmacht got 92 tank M15 / 42. Another 41 commander tank based on the M15 / 42 was completed by the German order under the name Pz. Bef. Wg. M42 (i).
The tanks that were in the Balkans, the Germans included in the armored battalion of the SS division "Prince Eugene", and captured in Italy - in the 26-th tank and 22-th cavalry SS division "Maria Theresa". The M15 / 42 tanks entered only the last two formations, the first of which fought in Italy, Austria and Slovakia, and the second entered the battle against the Red Army in Vienna in April 1945. Several M15 / 42 vehicles were used by the Germans on the Soviet-German front in the battles for Budapest in January 1945.
The Italian tanks M15 / 42 were used in the 7 division of the SS "Prince Eugene" against the partisans in the Balkans and in Northern Italy
Italian self-propelled gun Semovente da 75 / 18. Judging by the characteristic shape of the helmets on the heads of its crew members, this vehicle belongs to the composition of the German parachute-tank division “Hermann Goring”. Italy, 1944 year
Self-propelled gun Semovente da 75 / 34. Production of this self-propelled gun began at the end of April 1943, and she did not have time to get into the Italian army. Hitlerite Wehrmacht became the main recipient of these small and rather successful combat vehicles.
By the time Italy surrendered, only one prototype of the newest Italian medium tank Р40 was built. In anticipation of their mass production, in August - September 1943, the Italians formed two battalions of heavy tanks (according to the Italian classification, this machine was considered heavy), which, without receiving material, were soon disbanded. Under the German control in 1943, the 150 Р40 tanks were ordered. In 1944, four tank artillery regiments were equipped with tanks of this type, 36 combat vehicles in each. Due to the lack of engines, still 38 tanks Р40 were used as fixed firing points.
No less actively exploited by the Germans and Italian assault guns Semovente. Of the latest 178 units, 75-mm cannons with barrel lengths in 18 calibers were armed, and the rest in 34 caliber. In addition, 40 assault guns M43 with 75-mm cannon with barrel length 40 calibers and 117 105-mm self-propelled howitzers on the chassis of the M15 / 42 tank arrived in German units. Most of this equipment expanded the German 26-th tank and 336-th infantry divisions.
As in the case of tanks, the production of ACS continued under German control. During the 1944, 55, 42, 75, 18, 80, 42, 75, 34, 91, 43, 105 tank and self-propelled artillery units that fought in Italy, and parts of the RSI.
After the capitulation of Italy, the Germans got 37 armored cars AB 40 / 41 (Panzerspahwagen AB41 201 (i), and then another German armored 102 armored car: 23 AB 41, the rest - AB 41 / 43 AW): The remaining 43 AB 15; its allies: Hungary (8 vehicles), Romania (1 vehicles for the reconnaissance of the XNUMX Panzer Division “Greater Romania”) and RSI units “Leonchelo-lo” and “Leonessa”.
Echelon with new Wehrmacht accepted Autoblinda AB 41 Italian armored vehicles
Italian armored car Autoblinda AB 41, operated in one of the parts of the Wehrmacht. East Front, 1944 year