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    Italian light tank (self propelled howitzer)

    A friend took this photo in Bergamo, Italy. What is it?
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    Slightly confusing - described as an Italian self-propelled gun M15 built by Ansaldo of Genova. Apparently this particular gun participated at the battle of El Alamein.

    Also described as a Semovente 75/18 M40 Italian Self-propelled Gun

    http://tank-photographs.s3-website-e...4-spg-ww2.html

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    Not a light tank, but a self propelled howitzer, often used as a tank and/or tank destroyer.
    This veichle is the last model of 75/18 SPH, on M42 medium tank chassis.
    After arrived the M42 self propelled gun with a 75/34 and then SPG on M43 chassis (formerly M42L) with 105/25, 75/46 and 75/34 guns.

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    It looks to be in excellent condition. I am aware of only one other either in the UK Tank Museum at Bovington or the French Tank Museum at Saumur.
    Last edited by M8owner; 24th October 2017 at 02:24 PM.

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    This is a list of known 75/18 in museum or display:


    Carro Comando M41 - Museo storico della motorizzazione militare (Roma-Cecchignola)
    Semovente M40 da 75/18 - Musée des Blindés (Saumur, Francia)
    Semovente M40 da 75/18 - El Alamein War Museum (El Alamein, Egitto)
    Semovente M41 da 75/18 - Museo storico della motorizzazione militare (Roma-Cecchignola)
    Semovente M41 da 75/18 - Caserma "Libroia" - 45º Reggimento Trasmissioni (Nocera Inferiore)
    Semovente M41 da 75/18 - Caserma "Scalise" - Reggimento artiglieria a cavallo "Voloire" (Vercelli)
    Semovente M41 da 75/18 - Caserma "Santa Barbara" - Gruppo a cavallo del Reggimento artiglieria a cavallo "Voloire" (Milano)
    Semovente M41 da 75/18 - Caserma "Baldassarre" - 132º Reggimento artiglieria corazzata "Ariete" (Maniago)
    Semovente M41 da 75/18 - Museo di guerra per la pace Diego de Henriquez (Trieste)
    Semovente M41 da 75/18 - OTO Melara (La Spezia)
    Semovente M41 da 75/18 - Caserma "Piave" - Comando Generale della Guardia di Finanza (Roma)
    Semovente M41 da 75/18 - Caserma "Zigani" - Ufficio Storico dello Stato Maggiore dell'Esercito Italiano (Roma)
    Semovente M41 da 75/18 - Caserma "Zappalà" - Scuola di cavalleria dell'Esercito Italiano (Lecce)
    Semovente M41 da 75/18 - Monumento ai Carristi d'Italia (Marsala)
    Semovente M41 da 75/18 - U.S. Army Ordnance Training and Heritage Center (Fort Lee - Virginia, USA)
    Semovente M42 da 75/18 - Caserma "Babini" - 4º Reggimento Carri (Bellinzago Novarese)
    Semovente M42 da 75/18 - Parco della Rimembranza (Lonate Pozzolo)
    Semovente M42 da 75/18 - Parco della Rimembranza (Bergamo)
    Semovente M42 da 75/18 - Museo dell'Aviazione (Rimini)

    http://the.shadock.free.fr/Surviving...eavy_Tanks.pdf

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    Thank you for posting, good photo, great looking Tank and piece of history.

    Now lets see the ammunition......


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    I believe this HE shell and fuse are correct for this vehicle, but it would have a 75/18 marked case of a different height. Does anyone have a 75mm hollow charge projectile for this gun?

    http://www.bocn.co.uk/vbforum/thread...-with-M10-Fuse

 

 

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