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Lancia 3 Ro 90/53

Self-Propelled Gun Truck


Specifications

Country of Origin/Used by: Italy
First Produced/Service Dates: 1941
Manufactured by: Truck: Lancia & C. Fabbrica Automobili; Cannon: Ansaldo AB
Crew: 8?
Armament: (1) 90mm Dual-Purpose Cannon (Ansaldo Model 39/41)
Engine: 5-Cylinder Diesel
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 (Later, Breda 52). The former was referred to as the Autocannone da 90/53 su Lancia 3 Ro, and the latter, Autocannone da 90/53 su Breda 52.  Approximately 30 Lancia 90/53 self-propelled guns were built. Although the 90/53 cannon was a formidable weapon, the weapon system did not perform particularly well, mostly due to the high visibility caused by their high-profile. As the Lancia truck was a capable vehicle, it was also used to mount the 100/17 howitzer, roughly around this same time period.  This vehicle was referred to as the Autocannone da 100/17 su Lancia 3 Ro.
Data Sheet Available:   None Available

Photos

Reference Source/Provider
   Lancia 3 Ro Truck Photo Ufficio Storico Stato Maggiore Esercito via Ralph Riccio-Elverson, Pennsylvania USA
  Lancia 3 Ro 90/53 Self-Propelled Gun (Prototype) Truck Photo Nicola Pignato via Ralph Riccio- Elverson, Pennsylvania USA
  Lancia 3 Ro 90/53 Self-Propelled Gun Truck Photo Australian War Memorial
  Lancia 3 Ro 90/53 Self-Propelled Gun (Early) Truck Photo Nicola Pignato via Ralph Riccio- Elverson, Pennsylvania USA
  Lancia 3 Ro 90/53 Self-Propelled Gun (Late) Truck Photo Nicola Pignato via Ralph Riccio- Elverson, Pennsylvania USA
  Lancia 3 Ro 90/53 Self-Propelled Gun Truck Photo U.S. Signal Corps
    Lancia 3 Ro 90/53 Self-Propelled Gun Truck Photos Royal Italian Army (Regio Esercito)

References Available

Online

Reference Source/Provider
Lancia 3 Ro 90/53 Self-Propelled Gun Truck Illustration The Blue-Prints
Lancia 3 Ro 90/53 Self-Propelled Gun Truck Information & Photos Engines of the Wehrmacht

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
Autocannone Lancia 3/RO da Ansaldo 90/53 Model Kit (R040) Criel Model 1/35 Resin
Autocannone 3RO with 90/53 90mm Anti-Aircraft Gun Model Kit (35063) IBG Models 1/35 Injection Molded Plastic
Autocannone 3RO with 90/53 90mm Anti-Aircraft Gun Model Kit (72096) IBG Models 1/72 Injection Molded Plastic. Coming soon as of March 2022.
Autocannone 3RO with 90/53 AA Gun Model Kit (7508) Italeri 1/72 Injection Molded Plastic
       
Aftermarket Set Manufacturer Scale Other Information
Lancia 3 Ro License Plates (All Versions) Decal Set (DFP 35001) Desert Fox Productions 1/35 Decals
Italian Lancia 3Ro Truck "Ceat" Sagged Wheel Set (HDM35104 HD Models 1/35 Resin.
Lancia 3 Ro Road Wheels (Civilian Pattern) (35-582) Panzer Art 1/35 Resin
Lancia 3 Ro Road Wheels (Lybia Cross-Country Pattern) (35-583) Panzer Art 1/35 Resin
Lancia 3 Ro Radiator (771) Royal Model 1/35 Resin
Lancia 3 Ro Instrument Panel Detail Set (YML3512) Yahu Models 1/35 3D Printed Decals

Model Photos

Reference Source/Provider