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"Italian Self-Propelled Gun-Howitzer 75/18" from Tactical and Technical Trends

The following miltary intelligence report on the Italian self-propelled gun was originally printed in Tactical and Technical Trends, No. 6, August 27, 1942.

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It has been reported that the 75/18 (caliber 75 mm., length of bore 18 calibers) gun-howitzer is mounted on a turretless M.13/40 tank chassis. The equipment is known as "Semovente" artillery. The report does not state whether it is the model 1934 or model 1935 of the 75/18 that is employed. However, the two models have identical performances, the only difference being in the carriage. Particulars of the gun are as follows:

Length of bore     18 cals.
Muzzle velocity 1,430 f.s.
Weight of shell13.9 lbs.
Maximum range10,300 yards
Maximum elevation65° (model 34)
45° (model 35)
Maximum depression10°
Maximum traverse50°
Weight in action1,760 lbs. (model 34)
1.1 tons (model 35)

The M.13/40 tank has so far proved to be the best of the Italian tanks and it seems more probable that the less satisfactory M.11/39 would be converted. The chassis of the two tanks are very similar.


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