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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

Health16 600 HP
Torpedo Damage Reduction3 %
Displacement4 033 tons
Overall length94.60 m
Beam14.61 m
Overall height (keel to the highest point on the ship)17.26 m
Freeboard5.0 m
Main Armament
Maximum Firing Range11.340 km (12.474 km when upgraded)
120 mm/40 Krupp No.38 x 1 120 mm
Maximum speed20.0 knots
Turning Circle Radius330 m
Rudder Shift Time4.8 s
Surface Detectability8.28 km
Air Detectability3.29 km
Detectability After Firing Main Guns in Smoke3.08 km

Main Battery


8 x 1 120 mm/40 Krupp No.3
 Maximum Firing Range11.340 km (12.474 km when upgraded)
 Reloading Time8.0 s
180 Degree Turn Time18.0 s
Optimal firing angles at the front40°
Optimal firing angles at the rear48°
Sigma2.00 sigma
Maximum Dispersion111 m (119 m when upgraded)
Type of Projectile HE – 120 mm HE Brisantgranaat
Alpha Damage1 700 HP
Damage440 HP
Penetration capacity 20 mm
Explosion size0.39
Fire chance7 %
Projectile Speed820 m/s
Air Drag0.42
Projectile Mass20.5 kg
Type of ProjectileAP – 120 mm AP Pantsergranaat
Alpha Damage2 000 HP
Projectile Speed820 m/s
Air Drag0.42
Projectile Mass21 kg
Projectile Krupp2 000
Projectile Detonator0.01 s
Detonator threshold20 mm
Ricochet Angles45° – 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 range0.1 km – 1.5 km
Hit chance85 %
Sector’s damage53
Sector’s damage frequency0.29 s
Sector’s damage per second214


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.

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  1. Obligatory metal song reference:

    (Heidevolk, Anthem of Gelre)

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