Why did Italian engineers design tanks with 4 reverse gears, and only one forward gear in WW2?

I’ve heard from numerous sources that Italian tanks were designed with 4 reverse gears and one forward gear in the second world war, where the tanks of all other axis and allied nations had more forward than reverse gears. Was there any tactical advantage to this?

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8 Responses to “Why did Italian engineers design tanks with 4 reverse gears, and only one forward gear in WW2?”

  1. Mr. Purple Pants said:

    So that they could retreat faster when they got into battle with us, of course.

    Thank you, Mr. “West Side”. It looks like we’re the only two here with a sense of humor.

  2. West Side™ said:

    Well….since they were in retreat most of the time, 4 reverse gears saved them the trouble of turning around LOL

  3. Dusty S said:

    It’s the opposite, 4 Forward gears, 1 reverse gear. 4 reverse gears would be silly & would bring no tactical advantage. Some Italian tanks had 5 forward gears & 1 reverse gear.

    @ Tim D – If your saying this question is a joke, thats lame as f*ck.

  4. sa said:

    1)There is answer in the question itself,indicating more importance to escape from the war field than fighting.
    2)But the information may not be correct.

  5. Tim D said:

    A joke is not a joke if you have to explain it.

    Edit: Dusty, it is a joke almost as old as the war – and just as funny.

  6. Munch✔ said:

    the same of US tanks in Vietnam, i suppose!

  7. Dwayne said:

    It’s an OLD joke, another variation being the same thing with French Tanks. Most of the Italian tanks of WW2 had 4-5 gears forward and 1 reverse. (some 2).

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