|“|| Sir, they've still got a Semovente 90/53! That's a state of the art tank destroyer.|
- Kowalski, Tangling With Barbara
The Semovente 90/53 was a heavy Italian tank destroyer, used by the Italian and German armies during World War II. It has heavy firepower but light armor, and is best used in conjunction with other units.
It was created by mounting a 90 mm Cannone da 90/53 anti-aircraft gun on top of an enlarged chassis of a M14/41 tank. Only 48 of these vehicles were produced, all in 1941. This low production was due to Italy's limited industrial capability at the time, as well as high demand for the 90 mm gun for regular anti-aircraft duties.
The Semovente 90/53 was primarily developed in response to demands by Italian forces on the Eastern Front for a vehicle-mounted anti-tank weapon that could take on Soviet T-34 and KV tanks. Italian armored forces on the Eastern Front were equipped only with the L6/40 tank and Semovente 47/32 self-propelled gun; neither of these had the firepower to cope with the Soviet medium and heavy tanks. However, no Semovente 90/53 were ever sent to the Eastern Front.
Although none were ever sent to the Eastern Front, the Semovente 90/53 proved to be an effective weapon In North Africa. Its long range was well suited to the flat and open desert terrain. 24 Semovente 90/53s saw service against the Allies in the 10° Ragruppamento Semoventi, which was stationed in Sicily during the Allied invasion in 1943. Following the surrender of Italy in September 1943, the few surviving Semovente 90/53 were seized by the German Army, but were of little value in the mountainous terrain of Northern Italy where they operated. As a result, most finished their careers as long-range artillery.
- Because it is less expensive than the AA 90mm, but packs the same firepower, most players prefer to use the Semovente as a more mobile AT gun. It still has the vulnerability of aircraft or infantry fire, so it needs protection in the field.
- Use Carro 15's or 13's as a meat shield for these fragile units.