Produced by Fiat Ansaldo, the M13/40 was the Italian Army’s main tank during World War II, playing a crucial role from its introduction in 1940 until the end of the conflict. Although it was classified as a medium tank, its design aligned it more with the light tanks of other nations in that period.
Equipped with up to 42 mm thick armor and armed with a 47 mm main gun backed by up to four 8 mm machine guns, it had a crew of four men. Despite its modestly powered diesel engine, which gave it a top speed of around 20 mph, it was less prone to catch fire and had a longer range compared to gasoline vehicles.
Although Allied tanks surpassed the M13/40 in firepower, speed and protection, this exceptional plastic kit can also be assembled as a Semovente tank. The Semovente 75/18 self-propelled gun provides much needed armored reinforcements for the Italian forces.
The Semovente was an Italian self-propelled gun, created by mounting the 75 mm Obice da 75/18 model 34 mountain howitzer on the chassis of an M13/40 or M14/41 tank. It had riveted steel plates, thicker but less inclined than those of the original tank. Although the frontal armor was almost vertical, it consisted of two plates instead of a single layer, thus improving its stopping power.
You might think that these tanks are exclusive to the Italian armies in Bolt Action, but you would be completely wrong. Captured examples of the M13 were used by the Australians at Tobruk, and the Germans are known to have used Semovents.. The kit covers these possibilities, including a decal sheet with Italian, German and Australian army markings.