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Fiat 2000
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InsurgentCeLL
InsurgentCeLL

Italy has to stop trying and buy german tanks.

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QuakeRiley
QuakeRiley

Don't be mean, that is a very good armoured observatory.

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MasterofMetal
MasterofMetal

What if I told you, Galileo designed this observatory for the purpose of hiding from and fighting the Church as he continued to observe the stars?

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The FIAT 2000 was an Italian heavy tank of the First World War. During World War I, Italy did not field any armoured units, due to a lack of tanks. The only solution at the time was to begin production of original designs.

The order to design and produce the first Italian tanks was accepted by the FIAT automobile company in 1916. The prototype of the new tank was displayed to a military commission on 21 June 1917; its mechanical systems were complete but its superstructure was added later, being represented on the prototype by a wooden mockup with a conical open turret and dummy gun. The final configuration of the superstructure was not completed until 1918. The FIAT 2000 was a substantial vehicle, of comparable dimensions to the British Mark V tanks, and weighing 40 tons as compared to the Mark V's 28 tons.

The driver was seated at the front, with very good overall vision consisting of a large port forward and small lateral loopholes.

The layout of the FIAT 2000 differed to the other tanks then in use, especially the British ones. The engine was separated from the crew; not placed behind the crew compartment as modern tanks, but below it. The mechanical layout was also interesting and innovative, comprising a FIAT Aviazione A12, liquid-cooled 240 hp engine with 6 cylinders driving the tracks through a transverse transmission. The fuel capacity was 600 - 1,000 liters, but this gave only 75 km range on paved roads.

Type Heavy tank
Place of origin Italy
Production history
Number built 2
Specifications
Weight 40 t
Length 7.4 m (24 ft 3 in)
Width 3.1 m (10 ft 2 in)
Height 3.9 m (12 ft 10 in)
Crew 10
Armor 15-20 mm
Main
armament 1 x 65 mm cannon
Secondary
armament 6 x 6.5 mm machineguns
Engine FIAT Aviazione A12
240 hp
Power/weight 6 hp/t
Suspension leaf spring
Operational
range 75 km (47 mi)
Speed 7 km/h (4.3 mph)

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