Gaso.Line Gas50131M Italian Semovente da 75/18 Assault Gun (1:50 Scale)
"Neutrals never dominate events. They always sink. Blood alone moves the wheels of history."
- Italian Dictator, Benito Mussolini
Colonel Berlese, a high ranking Italian artillery officer of the Comando Supremo, first made the suggestion to create a vehicle similar to the German StuG III, which had much success in the French campaign. The first Semovente da 75/18 (Self-Propelled Gun) protype was delivered on February 10th, 1941, and showed much promise. An order for 60 additional vehicles was placed, all of which were delivered in 1941 and shipped to the Italian divisions operating in Libya in January 1942.
Initially, the Semovente da 75/18 was internally identical to the M-13/40, the major difference being the 75mm Ansaldo L/18 field gun fixed in the superstructure, and the obvious changes to the upper hull. By 1942, Italy was producing armored vehicles that were better suited for desert conditions than their previous models, and the Semovente da 75/18 was considered an interim vehicle until the heavier "P" tanks could be produced. The Semovente da 75/18 were quite effective against the U.S. built M3 Grant and M4 Sherman medium tanks utilized by the British Army.
These units were of good quality and very respected in the deserts of North Africa, and the use of the Italian 75mm EP (Effetto Pronto; Ready Effect, or HESH rounds), allowed for the piercing of 2.8 inches (70mm) of armor plating. A total of 60 vehicles were built using the M-13/40 hull, and 162 using the M41 chassis (M-13/41 hull). Sold Out!