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Semovente da 75/18 Assault Gun



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The Semovente da 75/18 was first used by artillery units in North Africa in Spring 1942, and was then issued to tank battalions. Production for the Italian Army was as follows: 60 based on the M40 third series in 1941, 162 based on the M41 in 1942, and 205 based on the M42 in 1943.

A gun and superstructure front from the later Semovente 75/34 are preserved in the Caserma Tazzoli at Trento.

Semovente M40 da 75/18



Model Id:
5410
Manufacture:Fiat Ansaldo Company, Genova, Province of Genova, Liguria, Italy (Manufacturer)


1) U.S. Army Ordnance Museum, Aberdeen Proving Ground, USA

Number of Photos:
4
Sample Photo from Album Number 696

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Unique ID: 696
Serial Number:
Registration:
Name:
Other Identification:

This is an M40 third series.

2) Museé Des Blindés, Saumur, France

Number of Photos:
5
Sample Photo from Album Number 896

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Unique ID: 896
Serial Number:
Registration: “RE 4441” painted on rear plate.
Name: “LITTORIO” painted on nose.
Other Identification:

This is an M40 third series.

Semovente M41 da 75/18



Model Id:
5420
Manufacture:Fiat Ansaldo Company, Genova, Province of Genova, Liguria, Italy (Manufacturer)


3) War Museum, El Alamein, Egypt

Number of Photos:
1
Sample Photo from Album Number 1160

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Unique ID: 1160
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Name:
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4) Museo di Guerra per la Pace Diego de Henriquez, Trieste, Italy

Number of Photos:
9
Sample Photo from Album Number 859

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Unique ID: 859
Serial Number:
Registration: “RE 4144” painted on nose; this is not believed to be original.
Name:
Other Identification: “69” painted on left side of nose.

This M41 Semovente was previously part of the De Henriquez Arsenal on display on open ground outside Trieste. It was missing its main armament and was generally in a very poor condition. It is believed that it was restored to running order by the Trieste War Museum Consortium during the 1980’s and was put on display in a number of places. It is now on display in the Museo di Guerra. It is in good condition, though no longer in running order, and is painted overall dark grey.

5) Caserma Santa Barbara, Milano, Italy

Number of Photos:
15
Sample Photo from Album Number 1125

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Unique ID: 1125
Serial Number:
Registration: “RE 5831” painted on nose and rear plate.
Name:
Other Identification: Reggimento Artiglieria a Cavallo emblems painted on the superstructure sides.

6) War Memorial, Marsala, Italy

Number of Photos:
6
Sample Photo from Album Number 1098

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Unique ID: 1098
Serial Number:
Registration: “RE281022” painted on nose.
Name:
Other Identification: Emblem with “23319” painted on right of nose. Italian flag painted on left of nose.

7) Museo Storico della Motorizzazione Militare, Cecchignola, Italy

Number of Photos:
8
Sample Photo from Album Number 1507

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Unique ID: 1507
Serial Number:
Registration: VS027: “EI VS•027” painted on left hull rear. “RE4462” seen in 2005. “RE102037” seen in 1998.
Name:
Other Identification: Red diamonds painted on superstructure rear. Painted overall desert sand.

Semovente M42 da 75/18



Model Id:
5430
Manufacture:Fiat Ansaldo Company, Genova, Province of Genova, Liguria, Italy (Manufacturer)


8) Parco Tematico dell’Aviazione, Rimini, Italy

Number of Photos:
5
Sample Photo from Album Number 1135

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Unique ID: 1135
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Name:
Other Identification: “114” and German crosses painted on superstructure sides. Painted overall in a three colour camouflage scheme.

9) Parco della Rimembranza, Lonate Pozzolo, Italy

Number of Photos:
7
Sample Photo from Album Number 1070

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Unique ID: 1070
Serial Number:
Registration: “RE 4362” painted on the nose and rear plate.
Name:
Other Identification: Italian flag painted on superstructure sides. Painted overall sand yellow.

10) Parco Fauna Orobica, Bergamo, Italy

Number of Photos:
10
Sample Photo from Album Number 856

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Unique ID: 856
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.

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).