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Autoprotetto S 37/TL 37

Armored Personnel Carrier


Country of Origin/Used by: Italy and Germany
First Produced/Service Dates: 1941
Manufactured by: SPA/Ansaldo-Fossati
Crew: 1+8
Armament: (1) 8mm Breda M38 Machine Gun.
Engine: 4 Cylinder Gasoline
Miscellaneous Info: This vehicle was based upon the chassis of the very successful Trattore Leggero TL 37 light artillery tractor; which is why it is sometimes referred to as the TL 37.  In fact causing even more confusion, some references list it as the AS 37 (abbreviated from "Autocarro Sahariana"), Autocarro Protetto or as just the Protetto.    

Originally all Italian armored divisions were slated to receive about 90 S 37 APC's each, but that never occured. Only around 150 were ever built.  After the 1943 armistice, the Germans seized a small number and used them as the Gepanzerte Mannschaftstransportwagen S 37 250(i).  In fact, a few vehicles even fell into the hands of Croatian forces and partisans as well. 

An attempt to improve the design was attempted by adding a turret mounting a 20mm Breda Model 35 cannon, but it was not successful. Only one prototype of this vehicle, the TL 37 Autoblindo Africa Settentrionale (North African Armored Car), was built.
Data Sheet Available:   None Available


Reference Source/Provider
      S 37 Autoprotetto APC Vehicle Photos (German) German Bundesarchiv
  S 37 Autoprotetto APC Vehicle Photo (and Above) David Haugh - Content Editor
    S 37 Autoprotetto APC Vehicle Photos Ufficio Storico, Stato Maggiore Esercito via Ralph Riccio - Elverson, Pennsylvania USA
  TL 37 Field Artillery Tractor Photo Imperial War Museum
TL 37 Field Artillery Tractor Photos The Massimo Foti Collection
  TL 37 Field Artillery Tractor Photo Ufficio Storico Stato Maggiore Esercito via Ralph Riccio-Elverson, Pennsylvania USA

References Available


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Reference Author
A Century of Italian Armored Cars (Roadrunner) Nicola Pignato
A Photo History of Armoured Cars In Two World Wars George Forty
Captured Armored Cars and Other Vehicles In Wehrmacht Service in World War 2 Werner Regenberg
Encyclopedia of Armoured Cars Duncan Crow and Robert J. Icks
Italian Armored Vehicles of World War Two (Squadron-Signal Publications Nicola Pignato
Italian Armoured & Reconnaissance Cars: 1911-45 (Osprey Publishing) Filippo Cappellano & Pier Paolo Battistelli
Italian Tanks and Combat Vehicles of World War 2

Book Review by Patrick Keenan - Editor
Ralph Riccio

Hobby Modeling

Kits and Accessories

Model Kit Manufacturer Scale Other Information
Autoprotetto S 37 APC Model Kit (72284) Ace 1/72 Styrene Plastic
TL 37 Protetto APC Model Kit (R061) Criel 1/35 Resin
TL 37 Protetto APC Model Kit (F3002) MMK Model 1/35 Resin
Aftermarket Set Manufacturer Scale Other Information
TL 37 Wheel Set (72361) ModellTrans Modelbau 1/72 Resin; For Ace kit

Model Photos

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