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UNIQUE ID 856: SEMOVENTE M42 DA 75/18 ASSAULT GUN

Parco Fauna Orobica, Bergamo, Italy

(Location: Bergamo)


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Unique ID: 856
Added to Database: July 2009
Last Edited: July 2009
Type (ID): Semovente da 75/18 (5400)
Model (ID): Semovente M42 da 75/18 (5430)
Location Category (ID): Parco Fauna Orobica (5160)
Location (ID): Bergamo (5160)
Serial Number:
Registration: “RE 6173” is painted on the nose; however this was not previously visible so may not be authentic.
Name:
Other Identification: The Ram’s Head insignia of the Ariete Armoured Division is painted on the left side of the superstructure.
Collection Reference:
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Location History:
(see map)

1: Fiat Ansaldo Company, Genova, Province of Genova, Liguria, Italy (Manufacturer)
2: Parco Fauna Orobica, Bergamo, Bergamo, Lombardy, Italy (Current location)


Text in original Preserved Italian Tanks publication:

This M42 Semovente is displayed in the Park in the upper part of the city. It used to be fitted with a fake wooden gun, was missing most external fittings, and was generally in a poor condition, but it has recently been restored. It has a plate on the side that states “A gift of the tankers of Bergamo to the city”. (Source: M. Viucci and D. Guglielmi).

Text in Preserved Italian Tanks Update:

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Text in original Preserved Tanks In Italy publication:

This Semovente has been on display in the open since 1959, fitted with a fake gun. It was restored by OTO Melara in 2007 and a canopy has been installed over it to give it some protection from the elements. It was not a full restoration, for example the fittings missing from the rear hull were not replaced, but the replica gun was removed and replaced with a correct one. (Source: M. Foti).
Before restoration it was generally in poor condition, with peeling paint, most of the internal components missing, and some signs of rust. Where the sand-coloured paint was missing it was possible to see it was originally painted dark green. (Source: P. Podavini via Censimento website).


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June 2009

Front left view
1: Front left view

Taken: 11 June 2009
Contributor: M. Foti
Photo ID: 1591
Added: 14 July 2009
Filename: IMG1287_...
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Front left view
2: Front left view

Taken: 11 June 2009
Contributor: M. Foti
Photo ID: 1592
Added: 14 July 2009
Filename: IMG1290_...
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Front right view
3: Front right view

Taken: 11 June 2009
Contributor: M. Foti
Photo ID: 1593
Added: 14 July 2009
Filename: IMG1292_...
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Front right view
4: Front right view

Taken: 11 June 2009
Contributor: M. Foti
Photo ID: 1594
Added: 14 July 2009
Filename: IMG1293_...
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Date Unknown

Front view
5: Front view

Taken: Date Unknown
Contributor: M. Viucci
Photo ID: 1595
Added: 14 July 2009
Filename: Scan_Sem...
Views: 227
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Front right view
6: Front right view

Taken: Date Unknown
Contributor: M. Viucci
Photo ID: 1596
Added: 14 July 2009
Filename: Scan_Sem...
Views: 221
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Right view
7: Right view

Taken: Date Unknown
Contributor: M. Viucci
Photo ID: 1597
Added: 14 July 2009
Filename: Scan_Sem...
Views: 166
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Left view
8: Left view

Taken: Date Unknown
Contributor: M. Viucci
Photo ID: 1599
Added: 14 July 2009
Filename: Scan_Sem...
Views: 378
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Front close-up view
9: Front close-up view

Taken: Date Unknown
Contributor: M. Viucci
Photo ID: 1600
Added: 14 July 2009
Filename: Scan_Sem...
Views: 159
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Front right view
10: Front right view

Taken: Date Unknown
Contributor: M. Viucci
Photo ID: 1601
Added: 14 July 2009
Filename: Scan_Sem...
Views: 234
Select/Has Priority: 21/0