Destroyed M14/41 Carri Armato
A common sight on the battlefields of North Africa was the burnt-out or abandoned tank. Those that could be repaired were often recovered under the cover of darkness and returned to divisional workshops for repair.
However, on many other occasions tanks had to be simply left behind, either too damaged to recover, or the defeat too great to gain access to the tank again.
The M14/41 made up a fair share of these abandoned hulks scattered about the desert marking the victories and defeats of past battles.
The M14/41 was well known for its occasionally brittle armour. Where some M14/41 may stand up to shots, another’s armour would shatter on impact, opening a huge hole in the tank’s hull where a flaw in the armour plate existed. Often the penetrating shot would explode the tank’s ammunition sending the turret into the air to tumble back to earth to rest next the smoking wreck.