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Supertest: Dutch Tier II Cruiser Gelderland

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HNLMS Gelderland was a Holland-class cruiser of the Royal Netherlands Navy. The ship was laid down in November 1897, launched in September 1898 and commissioned in July 1900.

The ship had a really quiet career and at the end of World War I, she was reclassified as a training ship. At some point, she underwent a refit and her two 150 mm guns were replaced by two additional 120 mm guns.

When World War II broke out, she was still in service and during the invasion of the Netherlands in 1940, the ship was captured.
Gelderland was converted into an anti-air cruiser with the work on her being finished at the end of 1943. In March 1944, she was commissioned as a ship of the Kriegsmarine and renamed Niobe.

During the Continuation War, the Niobe was sent to support the Finnish city of Kotka in 1944. At the same time, the Soviet forces were hunting the coastal defense ship Väinämöinen and reconnaissance flights spotted a large ship in the harbor of Kotka. In July 1944, 132 bombers and fighters attacked the ship that ended up being Niobe. After a fierce last stand, the ship was hit and sunk in the harbor with seventy crew members lost.

In 1953, the ship was raised and scrapped.

In World of Warships, we are getting Gelderland as she was after her refit from 1939.

For the classic reminder, this is a ship in testing, anything can change so don’t look at her like she would already be released.




Gun Fire Control System
Main battery




Propulsion: 10 000 hp


‎SUO Mk 2 Mod. 1


120 mm/40 Krupp No.3


‎SUO Mk 2 Mod. 2

General Characteristics

Tier II
Health 16 600 HP
Torpedo Damage Reduction 3 %
Displacement 4 033 tons
Overall length 94.60 m
Beam 14.61 m
Overall height (keel to the highest point on the ship) 17.26 m
Freeboard 5.0 m
Main Armament
Maximum Firing Range 11.340 km (12.474 km when upgraded)
120 mm/40 Krupp No.3 8 x 1 120 mm
Maximum speed 20.0 knots
Turning Circle Radius 330 m
Rudder Shift Time 4.8 s
Surface Detectability 8.28 km
Air Detectability 3.29 km
Detectability After Firing Main Guns in Smoke 3.08 km

Main Battery


8 x 1 120 mm/40 Krupp No.3
 Maximum Firing Range 11.340 km (12.474 km when upgraded)
 Reloading Time 8.0 s
180 Degree Turn Time 18.0 s
Optimal firing angles at the front 40°
Optimal firing angles at the rear 48°
Sigma 2.00 sigma
Maximum Dispersion 111 m (119 m when upgraded)
Type of Projectile  HE – 120 mm HE Brisantgranaat
Alpha Damage 1 700 HP
Damage 440 HP
Penetration capacity  20 mm
Explosion size 0.39
Fire chance 7 %
Projectile Speed 820 m/s
Air Drag 0.42
Projectile Mass 20.5 kg
Type of Projectile AP – 120 mm AP Pantsergranaat
Alpha Damage 2 000 HP
Projectile Speed 820 m/s
Air Drag 0.42
Projectile Mass 21 kg
Projectile Krupp 2 000
Projectile Detonator 0.01 s
Detonator threshold 20 mm
Ricochet Angles 45° – 60°

Anti-air Armament

8 x 1 12.7 mm/80 Browning
3 x 1 7.92 mm/80 Maschinengewehr Patent Schwarzlose M.07
Sector range 0.1 km – 1.5 km
Hit chance 85 %
Sector’s damage 53
Sector’s damage frequency 0.29 s
Sector’s damage per second 214


Slot 1
Damage Control Party
consumable_PCY009_CrashCrewPremiumWork time: 5 s
Cooldown: 60 s

The Armor

Just like the rest of the tier II cruisers, it has pretty much no protection against HE shells and AP shells will struggle to not over-penetrate the target.

Personal Opinion

Well… she actually looks fairly underwhelming. Low HP pool, the speed is below average and her damage output isn’t stellar either.

15,466 thoughts on “Supertest: Dutch Tier II Cruiser Gelderland

  1. Obligatory metal song reference:

    (Heidevolk, Anthem of Gelre)

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