75/34 M42

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75/34 M42
AB RB SB
2.3 2.3 2.3
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Description

The Semovente 75/34 M42 is a rank II Italian tank destroyer with a battle rating of 2.3 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.85 "Supersonic".

General info

Survivability and armour

Smoke grenades
Creation of a smoke screen in front of the vehicle
Armourfront / side / back
Hull30 / 25 / 25
Turret50 / 25 / 25
Crew3 people
Visibility64 %

Armour type:

  • Rolled homogeneous armour (hull, casemate)
  • Cast homogeneous armour (gun mantlet)
Armour Front (Slope angle) Sides Rear Roof
Hull 25 mm (80°) Front glacis
30 mm (cylindrical) Lower plate
25 mm 25 mm Upper part
25 mm (15°) Lower part
25 mm (10°) Front glacis
10 mm (15°) Rear - Engine hood
5-10 mm (8°) Rear - Radiator vents
Casemate 50 mm (5°) Casemate front plate
50 + 50 mm (spherical) Gun mantlet
25 mm (60°) Plate connecting with hull
25 mm (6-7°) 25 mm 15 mm (5°) Centre
15 mm (21-22°) Sides

Notes:

  • Suspension wheels are 15 mm thick while tracks are 20 mm thick and bogies 10 mm thick.
  • The belly is 15 mm thick.
  • Mudguards are 4 mm thick.

The 75/34 M42 shares the same vulnerabilities as the 75/18 M41 and the 75/32 M41: a rather weak vertical armour front plate, weak sides and an even weaker roof armour and a crew of only 3 sitting in a cramped space.

Mobility

Speedforward / back
AB42 / 4 km/h
RB and SB39 / 4 km/h
Number of gears5 forward
1 back
Weight13.3 t
Engine power
AB353 hp
RB and SB185 hp
Power-to-weight ratio
AB26.5 hp/t
RB and SB13.9 hp/t
Game Mode Max Speed (km/h) Weight (tons) Engine power (horsepower) Power-to-weight ratio (hp/ton)
Forward Reverse Stock Upgraded Stock Upgraded
Arcade 42 4 13.3 263 353 19.77 26.54
Realistic 39 4 164 185 12.33 13.91

Modifications and economy

Repair costBasic → Reference
AB712 → 924 Sl icon.png
RB795 → 1 031 Sl icon.png
SB971 → 1 260 Sl icon.png
Total cost of modifications10 400 Rp icon.png
13 680 Sl icon.png
Talisman cost750 Ge icon.png
Crew training6 300 Sl icon.png
Experts22 000 Sl icon.png
Aces210 Ge icon.png
Research Aces220 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
50 / 80 / 100 % Sl icon.png
124 / 124 / 124 % Rp icon.png
Modifications
Mobility Protection Firepower
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Tracks
Research:
520 Rp icon.png
Cost:
690 Sl icon.png
75 Ge icon.png
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Suspension
Research:
580 Rp icon.png
Cost:
770 Sl icon.png
80 Ge icon.png
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Brake System
Research:
580 Rp icon.png
Cost:
770 Sl icon.png
80 Ge icon.png
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Filters
Research:
650 Rp icon.png
Cost:
860 Sl icon.png
90 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank transmission.png
Transmission
Research:
1 700 Rp icon.png
Cost:
2 200 Sl icon.png
240 Ge icon.png
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Engine
Research:
1 700 Rp icon.png
Cost:
2 200 Sl icon.png
240 Ge icon.png
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Improved Parts
Research:
520 Rp icon.png
Cost:
690 Sl icon.png
75 Ge icon.png
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Improved FPE
Research:
580 Rp icon.png
Cost:
770 Sl icon.png
80 Ge icon.png
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Crew Replenishment
Research:
650 Rp icon.png
Cost:
860 Sl icon.png
90 Ge icon.png
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Horizontal Drive
Research:
520 Rp icon.png
Cost:
690 Sl icon.png
75 Ge icon.png
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75mm_M42_EPS_HEAT_ammo_pack
Research:
520 Rp icon.png
Cost:
690 Sl icon.png
75 Ge icon.png
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Adjustment of Fire
Research:
580 Rp icon.png
Cost:
770 Sl icon.png
80 Ge icon.png
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Elevation Mechanism
Research:
650 Rp icon.png
Cost:
860 Sl icon.png
90 Ge icon.png
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Smoke grenade
Research:
650 Rp icon.png
Cost:
860 Sl icon.png
90 Ge icon.png

Armaments

Main armament

Ammunition45 rounds
Reloadbasic crew → aces
8.5 → 6.5 s
Vertical guidance-10° / 22°
Horizontal guidance-18° / 18°
Main article: 75/34 mod.39 (75 mm)
75 mm 75/34 mod.39 Turret rotation speed (°/s) Reloading rate (seconds)
Mode Capacity Vertical Horizontal Stabilizer Stock Upgraded Full Expert Aced Stock Full Expert Aced
Arcade 45 -10°/+22° ±18° N/A 12.3 17.1 20.7 22.9 24.4 8.45 7.48 6.89 6.50
Realistic 8.3 9.8 11.9 13.2 14.0

Ammunition

Penetration statistics
Ammunition Type of
warhead
Penetration @ 0° Angle of Attack (mm)
10 m 100 m 500 m 1,000 m 1,500 m 2,000 m
Granata Perforante 75/32 APCBC 79 78 71 64 58 52
EPS M42 HEAT 100 100 100 100 100 100
Granata 75/32 HE 10 10 9 9 9 9
Shell details
Ammunition Type of
warhead
Velocity
(m/s)
Projectile
mass (kg)
Fuse delay
(m)
Fuse sensitivity
(mm)
Explosive mass
(TNT equivalent) (g)
Ricochet
0% 50% 100%
Granata Perforante 75/32 APCBC 637 6.35 1.2 14 270 48° 63° 71°
EPS M42 HEAT 552 5.3 0.05 0.1 656.64 62° 69° 73°
Granata 75/32 HE 552 6.35 0.2 0.1 600 79° 80° 81°

Ammo racks

Ammo racks of the 75/34 M42
Full
ammo
1st
rack empty
2nd
rack empty
Visual
discrepancy
45 24 (+21) (+44) No

Note:

  • As they are modeled by sets of 2, 3 or 4, shells disappear from the rack only after you fire all shells in the set.

Usage in battles

Combat tactics

Thanks to its performant gun, the 75/34 M42 is effective as a tank destroyer at long range with the good penetration of its APCBC round. With a maximum penetration of 64 mm at 1,000 m, the vehicle will have no problem penetrating the angled front armour of many similar rank vehicles from a distance. Light tanks, armoured cars and SPAA are the easiest targets. The vehicle's effectiveness improves once the HEAT shell is unlocked, with 100 mm of penetration at all ranges. This allows for reliable penetration of practically all the Semovente's potential adversaries. Your most dangerous opponents are fast and agile light tanks such as the M22 that can easily flank the Semovente undetected and disable you from close range. Their speed and small size make those light tanks difficult to target for the Semovente's gun.

With the HEAT shell, the Semovente can make for an effective tank destroyer, provided you stay at a distance guaranteeing your survivability. The one thing to remember about the HEAT shell is that it sacrifices the one-shot capability of APCBC, meaning that larger tanks will often take multiple hits to disable while the reload time is pretty slow for the battle rating. Like the 75/32 M41, the HEAT shell has a good muzzle velocity making it capable to hit reliably targets at long range.

Notable enemies

Many tanks are capable of easily disabling you. By order of lethality:

  • Tank destroyers with long guns
  • Howitzers with powerful HE shells
  • Tanks with HEAT shells
  • Frontline tanks with APHE shells
  • Light tanks or armoured cars with autocannons
How to defeat a 75/34 M42

The 75/34 M42 has several weak spots:

  • In a frontal encounter, the vertical front plate is the easiest to target.
  • Shoot the lower front plate to damage the transmission and immobilize the tank if you lack penetration power.
  • When flanking, aim for the weak sides of the casemate.

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Decent 75 mm gun with a respectable reload rate
  • Low profile = harder to spot
  • Has access to HEAT rounds
  • Decent top speed
  • Large explosive filler in the APCBC round almost guarantees vehicle destruction upon penetration

Cons:

  • Overall armour is not very good
  • Is vulnerable to getting flanked due to being a casemate tank destroyer
  • Thin top armour; can be vulnerable to strafing aircraft
  • Acceleration leaves things to be desired
  • Shells have a rather slow muzzle velocity

History

Main article: History of the M15/42
Development

Following the success of the Semovente da 75/18 in its anti-tank role, the Italian command ordered in October 1942 the development of an improved version of the Semovente based this time on the M15/42 chassis and a 75 mm L/34 Breda cannon, a gun with identical performance to the one equipped on the P26/40 tank. The new vehicle was accepted in April 1943 and production started in May 1943 with an order for 280 Semoventi. Due to wartime shortages of materials and manpower, only 93 tank destroyers were produced by the Italians before the Armistice and only 60 vehicles delivered to their combat units. The Germans then seized control of Northern Italy and continued its manufacture, completing 80 more units alongside 36 already confiscated ones.

Combat usage

The 75/34 M42 saw shortly combat action on the Italian side during the battle of Rome in September 1943 and more extensively on the German side along with the other Semovente variants in Northern Italy and the Balkans in 1944.

Media

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See also

Vehicles equipped with the same chassis
Other vehicles of similar configuration and role

External links


FIAT-Ansaldo
Autoblindo  AB 41 · AB 43
Light Tanks  L6/40 · L6/40 (31 Rgt.)
Medium Tanks  Celere Sahariano
M11/39  M11/39
M13/40  M13/40 (I) · M13/40 (II) · M13/40 (III)
M14/41  M14/41 · M14/41 (47/40)
M15/42  M15/42
P40  P40 · P40 "G.C. Leoncello"
Tank Destroyers 
L3/33  L3/33 CC
Semovente L40  47/32 L40
Semovente M41  75/18 M41 · 75/32 M41 · 90/53 M41M
Semovente M42  75/34 M42
Semovente M43  105/25 M43 · M43 "G.C.Leoncello" · 75/34 M43 · 75/46 M43
SPAAs  M42 Contraereo

Italy tank destroyers
  Italy
M41  75/18 M41 · 75/32 M41 · 90/53 M41M
M42  75/34 M42
M43  105/25 M43 · M43 "G.C.Leoncello" · 75/34 M43 · 75/46 M43
Wheeled  Lancia 3Ro (100/17) · AS 42/47 · Breda 90/53 · Breda 501
Other  L3/33 CC · 47/32 L40
Germany  ▄StuG III G
USA  M36B1 · ▄M109G · M113A1 (TOW)
  Hungary
Zrínyi  Zrinyi I · Zrinyi II
USSR  ◔2S1