Semovente 47/32

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Semovente 47/32
Semovente 47/32 on display at the United States Army Ordnance Museum, Aberdeen, Maryland
Type Self-propelled gun
Place of origin  Italy
Service history
In service 1942-1945
Used by  Italy
 Nazi Germany
Bulgaria Tsardom of Bulgaria
Wars World War II
Production history
Number built ca 300
Variants command vehicle
Weight 6.4 tonnes (14,109 lbs)
Length 3.78 m (12 ft 5 in)
Width 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in)
Height 1.63 m (5 ft 4 in)
Crew 3 (commander, driver, loader)

Armor Front: 30 mm (1.18 in)
47 mm Cannone da 47/32 M35 with 70 rounds
one machine gun
Engine 70 hp (52 kW)
Suspension bogie
200 km (124 mi)
Speed 42 km/h (26 mph)

The Semovente 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 regular Semovente 47/32s. About 300 Semovente 47/32 were built from 1941 and onward. The Semovente 47/32 was the most heavily armed Italian AFV used on the Eastern Front.

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.

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