Semovente L40 da 47/32

Semovente L40 da 47/32 was an armored vehicle (assault gun, AFV or armoured fighting vehicle) in combat use during the Second World War (World War II or WWII) in the European theater. The Semovente L40 da 47/32 was a fully tracked all-terrain vehicle designed for military operations. Semovente L40 da 47/32 was produced and deployed by the Italian Army of Italy, an Axis ally of Nazi Germany (the Third Reich). The technical drawing (plan, layout or profile) shows the general appearance characteristics of the specified model (version) of the Semovente L40 da 47/32 assault gun for purposes of identification and reference. For more detailed information about this armored fighting vehicle, refer to Semovente L40 da 47/32.

The Semovente da 47/32 was an Italian self-propelled gun built during World War II. It was created by mounting a Cannone da 47/32 M35 in an open-topped, box-like superstructure on a Fiat L6/40 chassis. Some were built as command tanks with a radio installed instead of the main gun. An 8 mm machine gun disguised as the 47 mm main gun was used on these versions to make them look like a regular Semovente 47/32s. About 300 Semoventi da 47/32 were built from 1941 and onward. The Semovente da 47/32 was the most heavily armed Italian AFV used on the Eastern Front.

While the 47 mm gun was adequate for 1941, by the time the Semovente reached the field it was already outdated and ineffective against enemy medium tanks, and therefore the vehicle wasn't particularly successful.

After the Italian armistice in September 1943, the German Army took all Semovente 47/32s they could get hold of for their own use. Some of these were provided to Germany's Croatian puppet state and the Slovene Home Guard.

Country Name Origin Year
Italy 1942
Country Name Operational Year Retirement Year
Bulgaria View
Croatia View
Germany View
Italy 1942 1945 View
Formal DesignationSemovente L40 da 47/32, 47mm Gun on L6/40 Chassis
Production Quantity280Production Period1942-1943
TypeTank DestroyerCrew3
Length hull/overall (m)3.84Barrel Overhang (m)n.a.
Width (m)1.86Height (m)1.55
Combat Weight (kg)6800Radio Equipmentn.a.
Primary Armament47mm L/34Ammunition Carried70
Traverse (degrees)Manual (27°)Elevation (degrees)-12° to +20°
Traverse speed (360°)n.a.Sightn.a.
Secondary Armament-Ammunition Carried-

Engine Make & ModelSPA 18DNo. of Links/Trackn.a.
Type & Displacement4 cylinderTrack Widthn.a.
Horsepower (max.)68hp@2500rpmTrack Ground Contactn.a.
Power/Weight Ratio10 hp/tGround Pressure6.9 psi
Gearbox4 forward, 1 reverseGround Clearance (m)0.40
FuelGasTurning Radius (m)n.a.
Range on/off road (km)200/80Gradient (degrees)40°
Mileage (litres/100km)100 on/250 off roadVertical Obstacle (m)0.79
Fuel Capacity (litres)200Fording (m)0.80
Speed on/off road42 km/h maxTrench Crossing (m)1.71
Armor (mm@degrees)FrontSideRearTop/Bottom

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