M43 "G.C.Leoncello"

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Semovente 105/25 M43 G.C."Leoncello"
General characteristics
3 peopleCrew
61 %Visibility
front / side / backArmour
50 / 40 / 25Hull
75 / 45 / 45Turret
15.7 tWeight
353 hp185 hpEngine power
23 hp/t12 hp/tPower-to-weight ratio
52 km/h forward
6 km/h back
48 km/h forward
6 km/h back
105 mm Cannone Ansaldo da 105/25 cannonMain weapon
48 roundsAmmunition
10.0 / 13.0 sReload
-10° / 16°Vertical guidance
-18° / 18°Horizontal guidance
Sl icon.png2 690/2 200/3 300Repair
10 000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
120 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
330 Ge icon.pngAces
136 × 2 Talisman.png % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
140 × 2 Talisman.png % Sl icon.png120 × 2 Talisman.png % Sl icon.png80 × 2 Talisman.png % Sl icon.png
This page is about the Italian tank destroyer M43 "G.C.Leoncello". For regular version, see 105/25 M43.


GarageImage 105 25 M43 G.C.Leoncello.jpg

The Semovente 105/25 M43 G.C."Leoncello" is a premium gift rank III Italian tank destroyer with a battle rating of 3.0 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.85 "Supersonic", and was discontinued after the 2019 Summer sales.

General info

Survivability and armour

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Game Mode Max Speed (km/h) Weight (tons) Engine power (horsepower) Power-to-weight ratio (hp/ton)
Forward Reverse Stock Upgraded Stock Upgraded
Arcade 52 6 15.7 263 353 16.75 22.48
Realistic 48 6 164 185 10.45 11.78


Main armament

105 mm Cannone Ansaldo da 105/25 Turret rotation speed (°/s) Reloading rate (seconds)
Mode Capacity Vertical Horizontal Stabilizer Stock Upgraded Full Expert Aced Stock Full Expert Aced
Arcade 48 -10°/+16° ±18° N/A 12.3 __.__ __.__ __.__ __.__ 13.0 _.__ _.__ _.__
Realistic 8.3 __.__ __.__ __.__ __.__


Penetration statistics
Ammunition Type of
Penetration @ 0° Angle of Attack (mm)
10 m 100 m 500 m 1,000 m 1,500 m 2,000 m
Granata Perforante da 105 APC 91 89 81 72 64 57
Effetto Pronto mod.43 HEAT 120 120 120 120 120 120
Shell details
Ammunition Type of
Mass (kg)
Fuse delay
Fuse sensitivity
Explosive Mass
(TNT equivalent) (g)
0% 50% 100%
Granata Perforante da 105 APC 500 15.65 1.2 19.0 275 48° 63° 71°
Effetto Pronto mod.43 HEAT 510 14.0 0.0 0.1 2,300 62° 69° 73°

Ammo racks

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Usage in battles

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Tier Mobility Protection Firepower
I Tracks Parts Horizontal Drive
II Suspension Brake System FPE Adjustment of Fire Effetto Pronto mod.43
III Filters Crew Replenishment Elevation Mechanism Smoke grenade
IV Transmission Engine
This is a premium vehicle: all modifications are unlocked on purchase

Pros and cons


  • Powerful 105 mm gun that can fire HEAT rounds
  • Low profile can make it difficult to spot in RB/SB
  • Reasonably fast
  • Good gun depression


  • The mantlet armour can be penetrated by the majority of the guns at its rank
  • No turret


In mid-1942, the Italian Army put out a set of requirements for a new vehicle that could double up as both an infantry support vehicle as well as a tank destroyer, depending on the situation. In response to this, Fiat-Ansaldo and OTO both began developing prototypes around these requirements in parallel.

The two competing designs primarily differed in the chassis choice. OTO picked the newer chassis of the P40 heavy tank whilst Fiat-Ansaldo chose to opt for a newer and larger version of the chassis already in production for their Semovente M42.

This decision allowed Fiat-Ansaldo to complete their prototype much sooner. In February 1943, the Semovente 105/25 M43 was presented to military officials and was soon afterwards ordered into production, following successful trials.

Production began in April 1943, with a planned production run of over 800 vehicles. However, with Italy's industry at this late stage of the war being severely crippled, production was slow and reaching such high production goals was more than unlikely.

Just prior to the signing of the armistice in September, the 30th vehicle rolled off the assembly line. The Semovente 105/25 M43 proved itself in combat during the defence of Rome, where the SPGs successfully engaged German forces trying to retake the city.

After the occupation of northern Italy by German forces, the Fiat-Ansaldo company restarted production of the Semovente 105/25, this time however, for the Germans. Germany only used a limited number of these vehicles under the designation Sturmgeschütz M43 mit 105/25 853(i), of which most were no longer in use by late 1944.

Around 120 Semovente 105/25 M43s were built by 1944, primarily serving with Italian or German forces. By the late stages of the war, only a limited number was still in service and after the end of WW2, the vehicle was retired from service.

- From Devblog


Skin and Camouflages for the 105/25 M43 G.C.Leoncello in Warthunder Live.


See also

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External links

Italy tank destroyers
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  Breda 501
Other  L3/33 CC · 47/32 L40
Post-War  Centauro · Centauro ROMOR · Centauro MGS
America  ▄M18 · M36B1 · M113A1 (TOW)

Italy premium ground vehicles
Light tanks  M13/40 (II) · AUBL/74 HVG
Medium tanks  M14/41 (47/40) · P40 "G.C. Leoncello" · ▄M4 Hybrid · M26 "D.C.Ariete" · M60A1 "D.C.Ariete" · OF-40 (MTCA)
Tank destroyers  M43 "G.C.Leoncello"