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Autoblinda AB 42 Armored Car


Statistics

Country of Origin/Used by: Italy
First Produced/Service Dates: 1942
Manufactured by: SPA/Ansaldo-Fossati
Crew: 4?
Armament: Main: (1) 20mm Breda M35 Cannon and (1) Co-Axial 8mm Breda M38 Machine Gun.
Engine: 6 Cylinder Water Cooled Gasoline Engine
Miscellaneous Info: Designated the Autoblindo Alleggerito (Lightened Armored Car) Model 1942, this vehicle was created as an improved, yet simplified replacement to the AB 41.  For instance, the rear driver's position, rear machine gun and free-rotating spare wheels were elminiated.  Although it never advanced past the prototype stage, some of it's features were incorporated into the later AB 43 (turret and improved engine) and even the Camionetta Desertica Model 1942 (Chassis).  An experimental vehicle was also created mounting a 47mm L/32 Anti-Tank Gun, but also never fielded as well.
Data Sheet Available:   None Available

Photos

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AB 42 Prototype Photo (Above) Ufficio Storico, Stato Maggiore Esercito via Ralph Riccio - Elverson, Pennsylvania USA
  AB 41 (left) and AB 42 Prototype (right) Photo Ufficio Storico, Stato Maggiore Esercito via Ralph Riccio

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Printed

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Encyclopedia of Armoured Cars Duncan Crow and Robert J. Icks
Italian Tanks and Fighting Vehicles of World War 2

Book Review by Patrick Keenan - Editor
Ralph Riccio

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