Semovente 90/53

Unit Card:


Set - Rarity - Number

North Africa - Rare - 59/60

Historical Background:

Due to the choice of the only platform available at that time, the M14/41 tank, options were limited on how to mount the gun. Due to its weight and size, a revolving turret was out of question, and mounting the gun in the middle would have been impossible due to stability problems. Since the balance point was best situated to the rear, so was mounted the gun, without its carriage, but retaining a fixed 8 mm thick mask. For practical reasons, the chassis was modified, lowered at the rear to allow servants to climb and serve the gun more easily, and the bogies were moved to the rear according to the new weight repartition, while the engine was moved to the center, with the driver in front, separated from the rest of the crew.

The gun itself, the Cannone da 90/53 modello 1939, a 53 caliber, was the best the Italian industry could offer then, built by Ansaldo to 539 units from June 1939 to the Italian capitulation in November 1943. It had rapid-fire capabilities (19 RPM), a Muzzle velocity of 830 m/s (2,723 ft/s) and a Maximum ceiling of 12,000 m (39,370 ft) and indirect range of 17 km (57,000 ft). In direct fire, it could reach any targets at 2500 meters, but the best results were attained with the Effetto Pronto, or HEAT round, which could penetrate 70 mm of armor at a range of 2,200 meters. This gun was already used in a dual rĂ´le in North Africa, mounted on Lancia trucks. But in Russia, a tracked vehicle was needed, so 48 were converted to be used on the Semovente 90/53 (also called 41M). This model was not without drawbacks however. It was slow and heavy, the small shield did not protected well the two servants and commander operating from behind the vehicle, and the lack of space available meant that only six rounds were carried. The rest was carried by a converted turret less Fiat L6/40, following each SPG.


This Italian unit is very effective and good for tank hunting however with all Italian units it has a major short coming of an open back which usually results in the units downfall if you're being attacked from behind. That I've learned the hard way

Plastic Figure Notes:

Well sculpted but with a bland but accurate sand like colour

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