The Royal Army, in an attempt to adapt the CV33 light tank to a role as a self-propelled anti-tank (just like the Panzerjager I) decided to create a vehicle based on an L3 hull and arm it with a 47/32 Cannon Mod. 1935. The vehicle was built and tested, and was tested both with and without the shielded gun. Unfortunately the hull was insufficient to withstand the recoil of the weapon, and the crew of two would not have had much protection against enemy fire, so the vehicle was shelved, but the basic idea was continued giving birth to the Semovente tank L40 47/32.
Armament and propulsion.
The tank was equipped with a 47/32 Mod. 1935 cannon, an averagely powerful anti-tank piece for when it was built. The gun could fire HE, AP, APBC, APHE, EP and EPS ammunition, which allowed the gun to be used both as accompanying artillery and for the anti-tank role. Unfortunately, over time the armor of the opposing vehicles became so thick that the cannon could do very little, but for the 1930s it was excellent.
In terms of propulsion, the tank was equipped with a FIAT-SPA CV3 water cooled engine
of 43 HP, which would have allowed the wagon to reach a maximum speed of 40/42 km/h on a straight, asphalted road.
Length: 3,17m (exact value unknown, slightly longer due to gun)
Weight: ~3.2 tons
Engine: FIAT-SPA CV3 4-cylinder water-cooled gasoline engine, 43 hp
Speed: 42 km/h
Armor: 6-14mm (gun shield was 10mm)
Armament: 1x 47mm Cannone da 47/32 Mod. 1935 with 53 rounds
Photos and drawnings.
Carro L 6 – carri leggeri, semoventi e derivati – Analisi Difesa
Semovente da 47/32 (1941)
L3/35 - Wikipedia
Kingdom of Italy (WW2) - Tank Encyclopedia
CV33 - Wikipedia
GLI AUTOVEICOLI DA COMBATTIMENTO DELL'ESERCITO ITALIANO VOL I by Biblioteca Militare - Issuu
Semovente L40 da 47/32 - Tank Encyclopedia
Tank Archives: Semovente L40 da 47/32: Italy's Smallest SPG
Cannone da 47/32 Modello 1935 - Tank Encyclopedia