75/18 M41

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Semovente 75/18 M41
it_semovente_m41_75_18.png
AB
RB
SB
General characteristics
Brief
Detailed
2.0/2.0/2.0BR
3 peopleCrew
Mobility
13.1 tWeight
4 forward
1 back
Gear box
Armament
75 mm 75/18 mod.34 cannonWeapon 1
43 roundsAmmunition
-12° / 22°Vertical guidance
-18° / 18°Horizontal guidance
8 mm Breda Mod. 38 machine gunWeapon 2
504 roundsAmmunition
24 roundsBelt capacity
600 shots/minFire rate
Economy
5 900 Rp icon.pngResearch
6 300 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png530 / 661/450 / 561/390 / 486Repair
1 800 Sl icon.pngCrew training
6 300 Sl icon.pngExperts
80 Ge icon.pngAces
x 1.06 Rp icon.pngReward for battle

Description

GarageImage 75 18 M41.jpg


The Semovente 75/18 M41 is a Rank II Italy tank destroyer with a battle rating of 2.0 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.85 "Supersonic".

General info

Survivability and armour

The Semovente 75/18 offers little in the way of effective protection, with its primary defence against enemy tanks being its small frontal profile. the 50mm frontal plate struggles to keep out even rank 1 British and US guns at close range, while the extremely cramped interior means that penetrations will often knock out multiple crew members and modules in a single shot.

Despite this, the Semovente's armour is still capable of keeping out machine-gun fire from most angles, and its fully-encloses design offers protection aircraft machine-guns unlike many of its low-rank open-top contemporaries.

Mobility

The Semovente is reasonably mobile for a low-rank tank destroyer, hitting around 30km/h on flat ground off-road with a fairly fast hull traverse and a poor reverse speed.

Armaments

Main armament

Main article: 75/18 mod.34 (75 mm)
75 mm 75/18 mod.34
Capacity Vertical
guidance
Horizontal
guidance
Stabilizer
43 -12°/+22° ±18° N/A
Turret rotation speed (°/s)
Mode Stock Upgraded Prior + Full crew Prior + Expert qualif. Prior + Ace qualif.
Arcade 12.3 __.__ __.__ __.__ __.__
Realistic 8.3 __.__ __.__ __.__ __.__
Reloading rate (seconds)
Stock Prior + Full crew Prior + Expert qualif. Prior + Ace qualif.
7.8 __.__ __.__ __.__
Ammunition
Penetration statistics
Ammunition Type of
warhead
Penetration in mm @ 90°
10m 100m 500m 1000m 1500m 2000m
Granata Perforante da 75 APCBC 44 43 38 33 28 25
Granata mod.32 HE 10 10 9 9 9 9
Granata Perforante mod.32 APCBC 51 50 44 38 32 28
EPS M42 HEAT 100 100 100 100 100 100
Shell details
Ammunition Type of
warhead
Velocity
in m/s
Projectile
Mass in kg
Fuse delay

in m:

Fuse sensitivity

in mm:

Explosive Mass in g
(TNT equivalent):
Normalization At 30°
from horizontal:
Ricochet:
0% 50% 100%
Granata Perforante da 75 APCBC 425 6.4 1.3 15 270 ° 48° 63° 71°
Granata mod.32 HE 450 6.4 0.1 0.1 610 ° 79° 80° 81°
Granata Perforante mod.32 APCBC 476 6.3 1.3 15 270 ° 48° 63° 71°
EPS M42 HEAT 399 5.3 0.0 0.1 500 ° 62° 69° 73°
Smoke characteristic
Ammunition Velocity
in m/s
Projectile
Mass in kg
Screen radius
in m
Screen time
in s
Screen hold time
in s:
Explosive Mass in g
(TNT equivalent):
Gr. Fumogena 450 6.4 13 5 20 50
Ammo racks
Full
ammo
1st
rack empty
2nd
rack empty
3rd
rack empty
Visual
discrepancy
XX XX (+XX) XX (+XX) XX (+XX) No

Machine guns

Main article: Breda Mod. 38 (8 mm)
8 mm Breda Mod. 38
Pintle mount
Capacity (Belt capacity) Fire rate
(shots/minute)
Vertical
guidance
Horizontal
guidance
504 (24) 600 __° __°

Usage in battles

The Semovente will struggle to be effective with the extremely poor penetration of its APHE rounds. With a max penetration of barely 50mm at point-blank range, the vehicle will have problems penetrating the angled front armour of many similar rank vehicles, with light-tanks, armoured cars and SPAA being the best targets. In a full up-tier, the Semovente will struggle to do any damage at all with stock shells, with the sole exception of light tanks and AA vehicles.

In this case, it is best for drivers to attempt to flank and shoot enemies from the side, where the powerful explosive capacity of the APHE shells offer excellent single-shot knock-out capability.

The vehicle's effectiveness improves massively once the HEAT shell is unlocked, with 100mm of penetration at all ranges. This allows for reliable penetration of practically all the Semovente's potential adversaries with the vehicle's most dangerous opponents being fast and agile light tanks such as the M22, which can easily penetrate the Semovente from close range and whose speed and size make a difficult target for the Semovente's low-velocity howitzer.

With the HEAT shell, the Semovente can make for an effective support vehicle, albeit one whose lack of survivability punishes positional mistakes harshly. The one thing to remember about the HEAT shell is that it sacrifices the one-shot capability of APHE, meaning that larger tanks will often take multiple hits to disable, and its even lower velocity makes its excellent long-range penetration difficult to exploit.

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Good penetration with the HEAT shell
  • Top-mounted machine gun offers some utility not available to many low-rank tank destroyers
  • 75/18 M41's position in the tech tree can allow for a decent aircraft and tank lineup with vehicles like the AB43 scout, M15/42 medium tank, and Re.2001 CB fighter-bomber

Cons:

  • Poor armour and survivability
  • Mediocre mobility
  • Low-velocity gun with a slow reload makes long-range shots difficult
  • Poor post-penetration damage with the HEAT shell, and terrible penetration with either APHE

History

The Semovente 75/18 was originally intended to be a self-propelled gun rather than a tank destroyer, with the War Thunder version being an improved variant built upon the M41 tank chassis with improved armour.

In response to the poor effectiveness of existing Italian tank destroyer designs such as the 47/32 L40, the Semovente was pressed into service to combat US-built M3 Lee and Stuart tanks in service with the British Army in North Africa. Utilising a HEAT shell, the Semovente proved to be an effective counter to early-war British tanks, with its small size making it ideal for dug-in defensive positions where its lack of speed wasn't an issue.

In one engagement in 1942, Semovente's of the Ariete Division repelled an attack from 40 British light and medium tanks, destroying 20 with no losses of their own. While the Semovente's HEAT shell proved effective against early-war tank designs, tougher Allied tanks such as the M4 Sherman represented a new challenge. This, as well as the Semovente's cramped interior, low-velocity gun and under-powered engine lead to the development of larger and faster dedicated tank destroyer designs with superior firepower.

Media

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See also

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Italy tank destroyers
Casemate  L3/33 CC · 47/32 L40 · 75/18 M41 · 75/32 M41 · 75/34 M42 · 90/53 M41M · 105/25 M43 · 105/25 M43 "G.C.Leoncello" · 75/34 M43 · 75/46 M43
Centauro  Centauro · Centauro ROMOR
  Breda 501 · M36B1 · M113A1 (TOW)