Breda 501

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Semovente Ruotato da 90/52 Breda 501
General characteristics
5 peopleCrew
8.9 tWeight
5 forward
1 back
Gear box
90 mm 90/53 mod.41 cannonWeapon 1
30 roundsAmmunition
-4° / 21°Vertical guidance
-45° / 45°Horizontal guidance
2 х 8 mm Breda Mod. 38 machine gunWeapon 2
3 360 roundsAmmunition
24 roundsBelt capacity
600 shots/minFire rate
26 000 Rp icon.pngResearch
100 000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png2 100 / 2 620/1 710 / 2 134/1 890 / 2 358Repair
29 000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
100 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
400 Ge icon.pngAces
x 1.42 Rp icon.pngReward for battle


The Semovente Ruotato da 90/52 Breda 501 (shortened as Breda 501) is a Rank III Italian tank destroyer with a battle rating of 4.0 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.85 "Supersonic".

General info

Survivability and armour

The Breda 501 represents a large and poorly-armoured target for any enemy vehicle. The crew members, barring the driver, are extremely exposed to machine gun fire and players will regularly find themselves being strafed into oblivion by aircraft.

The vehicles' internal modules are spread throughout, with the engine and ammo racks being placed high up at the rear behind only 8mm of armour. This makes it possible for the Breda to be immobilised entirely by machine-gun fire. As well as this, the Bredas' gun breech is totally exposed and rises above even the minimal side armour, making it incredibly easy to knock out from the sides.

The thickest armour on the vehicle is the 30mm gun shield and frontal plate. This protects from heavy machine guns, but does little to stop any kind of tank shell, making the Breda easy to penetrate even for lower-rank SPAA.


As a wheeled vehicle the Breda 501 struggles on any kind of soft ground such as snow, sand and wet mud. It also cannot turn on the spot as a tracked vehicle can, making turning the vehicle around in a confined space extremely time-consuming when combined with its very slow reverse speed.

However the Breda does boast a high straight-line speed, and can easily hit 50km/h on flat smooth ground allowing it to outrun the majority of vehicles it faces. It can also corner quickly when moving forward, allowing it to zip around the streets of urban maps at high speed


Main armament

Main article: 90/53 mod.41 (90 mm)
90 mm 90/53 mod.41
Capacity Vertical
30 -4°/+21° ±45° N/A
Turret rotation speed (°/s)
Mode Stock Upgraded Prior + Full crew Prior + Expert qualif. Prior + Ace qualif.
Arcade 9.7 __.__ __.__ __.__ __.__
Realistic 6.5 __.__ __.__ __.__ __.__
Reloading rate (seconds)
Stock Prior + Full crew Prior + Expert qualif. Prior + Ace qualif.
7.8 __.__ __.__ __.__
Penetration statistics
Ammunition Type of
Penetration in mm @ 90°
10m 100m 500m 1000m 1500m 2000m
Granata Perforante da 90 APCBC 131 130 120 110 100 91
Granata da 90 HE 13 13 13 13 13 13
Granata Perforante mod.43 APCBC 158 156 146 134 123 114
Shell details
Ammunition Type of
in m/s
Mass in kg
Fuse delay

in m:

Fuse sensitivity

in mm:

Explosive Mass in g
(TNT equivalent):
Normalization At 30°
from horizontal:
0% 50% 100%
Granata Perforante da 90 APCBC 758 12 0.8 28 520 ° 48° 63° 71°
Granata da 90 HE 850 10 0.1 0.5 1 ° 79° 80° 81°
Granata Perforante mod.43 APCBC 773 11 0.8 28 180 ° 48° 63° 71°

Machine guns

Main article: Breda Mod. 38 (8 mm)
8 mm Breda Mod. 38
Pintle mount (Rear left)
Capacity (Belt capacity) Fire rate
1,680 (24) 600 __° __°
Pintle mount (Rear right)
Capacity (Belt capacity) Fire rate
1,680 (24) 600 __° __°

Usage in the battles

The Breda 501 boasts a very effective high-velocity gun for its rank, offering high penetration and excellent post-penetration damage. This combines well with the vehicles' high top speed and allows players to quickly get into strong flanking positions early in the game. The Breda can heavily punish enemy vehicles from a variety of ranges in these positions.

The Breda can also be used in a more aggressive role on some urban maps. The 90mm gun has an excellent horizontal traverse range, meaning players can get their gun sighted round corners without fully exposing the vehicle. With a high top speed, the Breda can knock out enemy tanks before quickly disengaging, although players must beware of the slow reverse speed when planning an ambush.

The Breda can encounter BR 4.7 heavy tanks such as the Sherman Jumbo, whose thick, angled frontal armour presents a significant challenge. If possible the Breda should look to flank the Jumbo, where its gun can easily obliterate the US tank from the side. If forced to engage an angled Jumbo from the front, the Shermans' machine gun port represents a small weakspot. Aside from this, shots into the turret ring can penetrate the Jumbo, but this may not be reliable.

Pros and cons


  • Excellent gun with a fast reload, good penetration and high explosive mass
  • Wide horizontal gun traverse for a tank destroyer
  • High top speed and excellent agility on flat hard ground


  • Very poor armour and exposed crew
  • Machine guns only fire over the back of the vehicle, and are effectively useless
  • Very poor mobility on soft ground, and no neutral turning


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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)