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Breda Type 102

90/53 Armored Self-Propelled Gun


Specifications

Country of Origin/Used by: Italy
First Produced/Service Dates: 1943
Manufactured by: Truck: Breda (Societa Italiana Ernesto Breda per Costruzioni Meccaniche); Cannon: Ansaldo AB
Crew:  
Armament: (1) 90mm Dual-Purpose Cannon (Ansaldo Model 39/41) and (2) 8mm Breda Mod. 38 Tank Machine Guns
Engine: 6-Cylinder Gasoline (142 hp)
Miscellaneous Info: The idea of mounting the powerful Ansaldo Model 39/41 90/53 dual-purpose (anti-aircraft/anti-tank) gun on a mobile platform was envisioned separately, yet almost simultaneously by both Ansaldo and by the General Staff of the Regio Esercito (Royal Italian Army). This new initiative resulted from witnessing the German's use of the 88mm cannon in France. The General Staff planned both wheeled and tracked versions of this mobile gun platform, and as a result they requested Ansaldo to mount their gun on both the Lancia 3 Ro 4x2 and the Breda 51 "Coloniale" 6x4 trucks. The former was referred to as the Autocannone da 90/53 su Lancia 3 Ro, and the latter Autocannone da 90/53 su Breda 51 or 52

Building on their experience with their Breda 52 truck mounted Self-Propelled Gun (SPG), Breda designed a new tubular 6x6 chassis and fitted a lower-height armored body mounting the 90/53 cannon. It was named the Breda Type 90/53 SPG (Autocannone Blindato Breda Tipo 102), but was also sometimes referred to as the Autocannone da 90/53 su Breda 501. Only one prototype was built, because there were plans to later fit it with a stronger 200hp engine.  However, that vehicle was never built.
Data Sheet Available:   None Available

Photos

Reference Source/Provider
  Breda Type 102 90/53 Armored Self-Propelled Gun Photo Breda via Wikipedia Commons
  Breda Type 102 90/53 Armored Self-Propelled Gun Photo Bruno Benvenuti via Ralph Riccio- Elverson, Pennsylvania USA

References Available

Online

Reference Source/Provider
Breda Type 102 90/53 Armored Self-Propelled Gun Information & Photos Air-Sea-Land Weapons

Printed

Reference Author
A Photo History of Armoured Cars in Two World Wars George Forty
Encyclopedia of Armoured Cars Duncan Crow and Robert J. Icks
Italian Tanks and Combat Vehicles of World War 2

Book Review by Patrick Keenan - Editor
Ralph Riccio
Italian Truck-Mounted Artillery In Action

Book Review by Patrick Keenan - Editor
Ralph Riccio and Nicola Pignato

Hobby Modeling

Kits and Accessories

Model Kit Manufacturer Scale Other Information
Breda Type 102 Armored Self-Propelled Gun Model (RT72071) Retro Tracks 1/72 Resin
       
Aftermarket Set Manufacturer Scale Other Information
       

Model Photos

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