During 1942, the Italian Army considered mounting the 10.5cm gun on the chassis of a P40 medium tank. However, delays with the P40 forced designers in a new direction and an alternate chassis based on the M15/42 was developed.
Due to the size of the 10.5cm gun, the chassis had to be widened to accommodate the proposed armament. This chassis become known as M43 and by the beginning of 1943, the first order had been placed.
By the end of 1943, a number of Semovente 105/25 were in service in the German Army. They saw action with the 336. Infanterie Division and the 26. Panzer Division and a year later 66 were in service with Army Groups C and F in Italy and the Balkans.
In Flames Of War
The captured Semovente 105/25 provides the hard pressed German defenders with much needed armour and mobile firepower.
Front 6; Side 2; Top 0
Range 32”/80cm; ROF 2; Anti-tank 10; Firepower 2+