World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

Ab 41

Autoblinda 41
An AB 41 in North Africa.
Type Armoured car
Place of origin Italy
Service history
In service 1941-1945
Used by Regio Esercito
Wars World War II
Production history
Designed 1940
Manufacturer Ansaldo-Fossati[1]
Produced 1941-1943
Number built 550
Variants AS 42 "Camionetta Sahariana" and AB 43
Weight 7.518 tonnes
Length 5.21 m (17 ft 1 in)
Width 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
Height 2.48 m (8 ft 2 in)
Crew 4 (1 x forward driver, 1 x rear driver, 1 x gunner and 1 x commander)

Armour 18 mm maximum[2]
20 mm Breda 35 autocannon
456 rounds
2 x 8 mm Breda 38 machine guns
1,992 rounds
Engine FiAT-SPA 6-cylinder petrol
88 hp (for AB 40) and 120 hp (for AB 41)
Suspension 4x4 wheel
400 km (250 miles)
Speed 78 km/h (48 mph) (road)[2]

The Autoblinda 41 (AB 41) was an Italian armoured car in use during World War II. It was armed with a 20 mm Breda 35 autocannon and a coaxial 8 mm machine gun in a turret similar to the one fitted to the Fiat L6/40, and another hull mounted rear-facing 8 mm machine gun.[2]


  • Description 1
  • Combat history 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4


The AB 41 (named after its first year of production, 1941) was a further development of the machine gun armed Autoblinda 40. Made with an all-riveted construction, the AB 41 had four-wheel drive and a four wheel steering system that proved troublesome.[2] The spare wheels fitted to its sides were free to rotate, thus helping the vehicle over rough terrain and allowing it to drive over higher obstacles. It could also be fitted with wheels that would allow it to run on railway tracks and some were modified further to better serve in this role, with the addition of sand boxes and rail guards to deflect objects from the rails.[3] This version was designated AB 41 Ferroviaria.

It had six forward gears and four reverse gears, with a driving position at the front and one in the rear, so two crew members were drivers. Overall the AB 40/41 family was well thought out, with a top speed of over 70 km/h (45 mph), good armour (15 mm on the front plates) and good road and cross-country performance, but there were some examples of poor detail design like difficult access to the powerplant, an unprotected fuel tank, one man turret, exposed traverse gear and lack of an interior bulkhead separating the engine and crew compartments. Nevertheless, the AB 41 was considered a good vehicle and one of the best armoured cars of its era.[4] Its chassis was later used as a basis for the SPA-Viberti AS.42. About 550 vehicles were built in all. The Italians planned to upgrade the AB 41 with a 47 mm anti-tank gun as the AB 43, but those plans were disrupted by the Armistice of Cassibile in September 1943.

Combat history


  • Autoblinda AB 40, AB 41, AB 43 armored cars at

External links

  1. ^
  2. ^ a b c d e The Complete Guide to Tanks and Armoured Fighting Vehicles, page 302, Hermes House ISBN 978-1-84681-110-4
  3. ^ An artist's view of an AB 41 Ferroviaria
  4. ^ a b Pignato, Nicola, Italian Armored Vehicles of World War Two, Squadron Signal series=6089.
  5. ^ Chamberlain, Peter and Hilary Doyle. Encyclopedia of German Tanks of World War Two. Wigston Leicestershire, UK: Silverdale Books, 2004. ISBN 1-84509-012-8. p. 232.


The AB 41 could be quickly adapted for operation on any terrain. Sand tires could be fitted for desert work and it could run on railway tracks with special bogies and extra lights. The rail-converted vehicles were primarily used in anti-partisan patrols in the Balkans. After the Armistice the Germans confiscated some 57 AB 41s and also built 120 more.[2] The German designation was Panzerspähwagen AB41 201(i).[5]


This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.

Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from Project Gutenberg are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.