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Italy's Autoblindo Mitragliatrice Lancia Ansaldo IZ armored car

Design

The Autoblindo Mitragliatrice Lancia Ansaldo IZ was based on the Lancia IZ truck.2

The driver sat at the front behind a sloping armored plate.1 The fighting compartment mounted a round turret with a single machine gun.1 Some vehicles had another smaller turret on top of the main turret.1,2 Some models carried two machine guns in the turret.1,2

Production

  • Autoblindo Mitragliatrice Lancia Ansaldo IZ: 1202
    • Production: ? - 19182

Usage

World War I Use

The Lancia modello IZ started out as a truck that had a fireman's ladder mounted on the rear.1 These were used by 4"/102 mm units to observe fire.1

The Italian units used them against Austria-Hungary in the mountains.1,2 Along the Piave, 39 armored cars were used for reconnaissance.1

Some armored cars were sent to North Africa in 1917 and used for policing duties.1,2

Albanian Use

There were a few that were given to the Albanians.1,2

Spanish Civil War

A few of the Ansaldos were used by the Italians in Spain, but by this time they were very out of date.2

Specifications

  Autoblindo Mitragliatrice Lancia Ansaldo IZ
Crew 61,2
Physical Characteristics  
Weight 8,140 lb2
3.8 tons1
3,700 kg2
Length 17' 8 2/3"1,2
5.4 m1,2
Height - with single turret 7' 10.5"1,2
2.4 m1,2
Width 6'1,2
1.824 m1,2
Ground clearance  
Ground contact length  
Ground pressure  
Turret ring diameter  
Armament  
Main 1 or 2: MGs1
2: MG2
Secondary  
MG  
Side arms  
Quantity  
Main  
Secondary  
MG  
Side arms  
Armor Thickness (mm) 92
Hull Front, Upper  
Hull Front, Lower  
Hull Sides, Upper  
Hull Sides, Lower  
Hull Rear  
Hull Top  
Hull Bottom  
Turret Front  
Turret Sides  
Turret Rear  
Turret Top  
Engine (Make / Model)  
Cylinders  
Net HP 35/402, 401
Transmission (Type)  
Fuel (Type) Gasoline1,2
Octane  
Capacity  
Performance  
Traverse  
Speed - Road 37 mph1,2
60 kph1,2
Speed - Cross Country  
Range - Road 186 miles1,2
300 km1,2
Turning Radius  
Elevation Limits  
Fording depth  
Trench crossing  
Vertical Obstacle  
Suspension (Type)  
Wheels each side  
Return rollers each side  
Track length  
Tires  
Track width  
Track centers/tread  

Sources:

  1. Tanks - Over 250 of the World's Tanks and Armored Fighting Vehicles, Chris Chant, 2004
  2. Armored Fighting Vehicles, 300 of the World's Greatest Military Vehicles, Philip Trewhitt, 1999
20th Century American Military History Crucial Site