WW2 Italian Tanks & AFV's

Daz

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M14/41
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Daz

LE
L3/33
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I remember building the original version of the Tamiya Semovente many moons ago. A fine AFV and a great kit.
 
Those photos don't do them justice. The L3 is tiny, like an armoured MG Midget. Very brave men indeed to go to war in one

I had read the Italian tanks were thinly armoured and very vulnerable to A/T or artillery. Looking at those photos, you can clearly see that. Musso went to war without the development capability to build modern weapons, nor the industrial capability to build them in sufficient volume.

Wordsmith
 
You read any accounts from Tankies involved in the early parts of the desert campaign, the ubiquitous 2 pounders, which fired solid shot, took out the Eyties nearly every time. The 2lber shot sometimes passed completely through 'em.
And as was mentioned in another tread, was normally full of "Cheesy and winey consumables" I often wondered, how many squaddies were done for being" drunk on duty," after a battle.
 
Not everything the Italians fielded was pants of course . The SPA-Viberti AS42 was an extremely capable desert vehicle, crewed by excellent troops.
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I had read the Italian tanks were thinly armoured and very vulnerable to A/T or artillery. Looking at those photos, you can clearly see that. Musso went to war without the development capability to build modern weapons, nor the industrial capability to build them in sufficient volume.

Wordsmith
Part of the reason was that they rearmed earlier than other country's, oops

But saying that, dont forget that at the start, we were still using this little beauty

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Daz

LE
Not everything the Italians fielded was pants of course . The SPA-Viberti AS42 was an extremely capable desert vehicle, crewed by excellent troops.
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There (very) old Airfix books had plans to scratch build that vehicle.
 

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Daz

LE
Semovente 90/53
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Daz

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M40 based munitions carrier vehicle for the 90/53 Semovente

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Daz

LE
I think I've seen an old model Italiara I think or maybe a white metal kit of that.
1/35 scale Italiara in plastic is a definite - this is the book I was thinking of, can find any pics of the plans inside

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That bottom Semovente in post 13 looks like a 75/18. It would make an excellent model!!!!
 

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