The Semovente 47/32 Self Propelled Howitzer

by Daniel Russ on April 21, 2012

The Semovente 47/32 Self Propelled Howitzer

The Semovente 47/32 Self Propelled Howitzer

 

The Semovente 47/32 Self Propelled Howitzer

The Semovente 47/32 Self Propelled Howitzer

The Semovente 47/32 Self Propelled Howitzer

The Semovente 47/32 Self Propelled Howitzer

 

Perhaps it should be viewed as a compliment that the Italians actually produced an armored fighting vehicle that the Germans were happy to use. After all, the Wehrmacht featured the best tanks in the world and were it not for Hitler propping him up, Mussolini would have fallen much earlier. The entire country was in tatters by 1943. That said the Fiat managed to build over 300 Semovente 47mm self propelled guns. Created to provide support for infantry, the Nazis grabbed as many as they could when the Italians surrendered. The Croatians also used the 47/32 supporting German operations in the Soviet Union.

 

The 70 horsepower engine moved it along at 42 kilometers and hour and the three man crew could fire up to 70 shells in one mission payload.

 

Source: Tanks of World War II

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Louis September 12, 2017 at 6:24 am

The nazis only used them because their own re-supply was thinning out, and because they were for use in Italy itself, which eased on the spare parts problem.
The nazis would grab everything they could get their hands on. They fielded a Panzer Division (21st) of which half the equipment was 1940 french tanks (woefully inadequate by 1944) in Normandy, because they did not have enough german tanks.

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