Continuing our exploration of the French destroyers, here is the tier IV Bourrasque (and with good guns this time).
The Bourrasque-class (pronounced roughly Boorask) was part of a plan to modernize the French navy after World War I. The ships were laid down in 1923 and served from 1926 to 1950. The class saw varied service during World War II both on the allied side and the Axis side. The 12 ships of the class were, in fact, serving in 5 different navies.
As for the Bourrasque, the ship participated in the Operation Dynamo (evacuation of Dunkerque) but sank after hitting a mine bringing down with her 500 crewmen and troops that were on board.
The Bourrasque is protected by 10 mm of armor for both the hull and the superstructure. The gun mounts are however only protected by 3 mm of armor.
Personal opinion on the ship
Eeeeeeh…. Where should I start…
The HP pool is the highest at this tier, that’s nice. The range as well and at least this time, you don’t have shells with parachutes on the back so it shouldn’t be too hard to land shells. The torps are also the strongest at tier IV with the longest range, highest damage and 2nd highest speed (Shenyang torps are better by 4 knots). However, they also have by far the longest reload.
The firing angles are absolutely horrendous and I don’t even understand why because I don’t see what would be blocking the turrets here. Also, the ship is the slowest of all destroyers at tier IV (which is quite funny considering the fact that French DDs are supposed to be all about speed…
Overall, I’m really not looking forward to testing that one. It just seems to have too many downsides especially for the role it’s supposed to fulfill.