After a LOT of complaints from the German community about the lack of German premiums, looks like Wargaming dug up the Kriegsmarine’s plan Z to bring us the O-class battlecruiser (to not mix up with the P-class that were just big Deutschland-class for bigger fuel reserves).
So… let’s talk about the O-class. The O-class was a planned class of 3 battlecruisers for the Kriegsmarine as part of the so-called “plan Z” alongside things like the H-class battleships for example.
These ships were designed for commerce raiding. They were planned to attack the transport or merchant ships while a proper battleship and its escort would keep the defending units busy. The class main armament would consist if 3 twin 380 mm turrets (the same as the Bismarck-class) with 2 super-firing at the front and one at the rear. It would have been completed with a secondary armament composed of a mix of 150 mm and 105 mm guns in twin turrets.
Finally, 2 triple torpedo launchers were also planned with 1 on each side.
In the end, no ship was ever built due to a lack of resources and the higher priority of building U-boats. (Also because Hitler thought it to be a great idea to start the war while the navy was nowhere near ready instead of waiting a couple more years like it was initially planned. Good job Hitler.)
If you want to know a bit more about the plan Z, I recommend to you this video from Drachinifel:
When it comes to World of Warships, we are getting a what-if version of the O-class as it would have been during the latter part of the Second World War with 55 mm AA mounts and a unified secondary battery composed of dual-purpose twin 128 mm turrets.
It is also to note that the main batteries of the Siegfried follow the standard cruiser dispersion formula.
The armor of the Siegfried is well in line with the other German capital ships designs. She has the usual turtleback and well-protected sides.
The bow section
The bow of the Siegfried is 27 mm thick. This will allow her to bounce 381 mm shells and below.
Surprisingly, there is no armored deck inside it. A bit disappointing for a German battlecruiser. When it comes to her upper athwartship, it is 25 mm thick so… well quite irrelevant.
For the lower section, the first part, including the citadel surrounded in black, is 100 mm thick. It’s for a part above the waterline so…. avoid being bow-on to a battleship that can overmatch your bow.
The middle section
The middle section makes the poor Azuma cry. The deck is 30 mm thick so you can bounce 420 mm shells and smaller. The side armor is a solid 90 mm thick plating that will allow you to angle nicely against the enemy and the main belt is 190 mm thick.
Of course, as a German ship, the Siegfried comes with the usual turtleback armor.
behind the main belt is a nice 80 mm thick sloped plating inclined at 50°. I don’t know how effective that turtleback will exactly be but… I’m quite confident that giving broadside with that ship will be quite forgiving.
When it comes to the citadel, the roof and the sides under the turrets are 60 mm thick. The side protection is otherwise 45 mm thick.
No need to tell you that AP bombs will punch through that deck like it was butter.
The stern section
Just like the bow, the stern is 27 mm thick, meaning that 381 mm AP shells and under can bounce on it.
Unlike the bow, the stern actually has an armored deck. The middle part is 60 mm thick and the sloped sides that are a prolongation of the turtleback are 80 mm thick.
The rear athwartship is similar to the one at the front with the upper section being 25 mm thick.
The lower section, including the citadel, is first 100 mm thick and then 30 mm thick.
The superstructure is 16 mm thick as the rest of the standard heavy cruisers/ large cruisers/ battlecruisers.
The turrets are the same as the Bismarck so…. not really the toughest. The face is 360 mm thick, the sides are 220 mm thick, the roof is 150 mm and at the middle 130 mm thick and finally, the back is 320 mm thick.
For the barbette, the roof is 150 mm thick and the rest is 350 mm thick.
For now, I’m somewhat struggling to see the Siegfried working. While the Georgia, for example, works well with 6 guns, it’s mostly because of their punching power. Here… it’s 6 Bismarck guns that, even though they have cruiser dispersion aren’t really that good to be fair. Now, I could be wrong and the ship might be able to perform decently but… now, I’m really not convinced.
Now, if you will excuse me, I will ready myself for the “We will never get good German premiums” comment.