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Supertest: Italian Tier I Cruiser Eritrea

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As I now have some time between ship testing, Clan battles and Ranked, let’s start looking at the upcoming ships of the Italian cruiser line.

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Semi-armor piercing shells

Semi-armor piercing shells have the features of two types of shells at once:

  • Semi-armor piercing shells can ricochet, but the angles of the ricochet are more comfortable than those of armor-piercing shells (60–85°);
  • For semi-armor piercing shells, the 14.3-caliber rule will apply;
  • If the ricochet does not happen, the mechanics of semi-armor piercing shells are similar to high explosive ones;
  • Semi-armor piercing shells don’t have over penetrations;
  • Can’t cause a fire;
  • Damage and penetration is better than high explosive shells;
  • Semi-armor piercing shells deal only 10% of their damage to destroyers.

Semi-armor piercing shells are designed to deal stable high damage when armor-piercing shells are not effective.

Fuel smoke

Fuel smokes are almost similar to a usual smoke generator, but a ship equipped with fuel smokes is able to be concealed at full speed. Therefore, Italian cruisers will be able to hide from enemy ships or aircraft, without sacrificing speed and the ability to maneuver. Fuel smokes last from 25 to 40 seconds and disperse in 10 seconds.

The Eritrea was a sloop or colonial ship from the Regia Marina. Commissioned in 1937, she mostly served in the Indian and Western Pacific Oceans.

The ship, originally stationed in Massawa during the war, left her homeport in February 1941 with the Auxiliary cruisers Ramb I and Ramb II as the situation on the East African Campaign started to go bad. All 3 ships managed to slip through a British blockade off Perim. After this, Eritrea reached Kobe in Japan and from there was supposed to operate as a commerce raider in the Pacific Ocean. However, due to a disagreement between Italy and Japan, the ship was not allowed to leave Kobe until Japan entered the war in December 1941. The ship was then authorized to assist Japanese transport submarines.

After Italy declared the armistice, the ship instantly sailed back to Colombo in Ceylon to surrender. The ship managed to avoid Japanese aerial and naval units and ended up being intercepted by the Ceylon Naval Volunteer Force.

After the war, the ship was turned to France under the name “Francis Garnier”. She served until 1965 as a colonial ship before being used for a nuclear test in 1966.


Gun Fire Control System
Main battery


Propulsion: 7 800 hp


120 mm/45 Armstrong 1919
GeneralMain BatteryAir DefenseConsumables
Health8 100 HP
Main Armament
Maximum Firing Range9.940 km
120 mm/45 Armstrong 19192 x 2 120 mm
Maximum speed20 kt
Turning Circle Radius310 m
Rudder Shift Time5.7  s
Surface Detectability6.84 km
Air Detectability7.12 km
Detectability After Firing Main Gus in Smoke2.43 km

2 x 2 120 mm/45 Armstrong 1919
 Reloading Time4.5 s
180 Degree Turn Time22.5 s
Optimal front firing angle
Optimal rear firing angle45°
Sigma2.00 sigma
Maximum Dispersion90 m
Type of ProjectileHE – 120 mm proiettili HE 1918
Alpha Damage850 HP
Damage385 HP
HE penetration19 mm
Explosion Size0.37
Chance to Cause Fire6 %
Projectile Speed750 m/s
Air Drag0.47
Projectile Mass23.15
Projectile Krupp480

2 x 1 40 mm/39 QF MKII
Sector range0.1 km – 2.5 km
Hit chance90 %
Sector’s damage20
Sector’s damage frequency0.29 s
Sector’s damage per second70
2 x 2 13.2 mm/76 Breda 1931
Sector range0.1 km – 1.5 km
Hit chance85 %
Sector’s damage18
Sector’s damage frequency0.29 s
Sector’s damage per second63


Slot 1
Work time: 5 s
Cooldown: 40 s

The armor


Well… it’s a tier I ship, what do you expect? It’s simple, the ship is covered in 6 mm of armor.

Personal opinion

Well… the ship has by a large margin the highest HP pool at this tier and her firepower is quite good as well. I guess she is going to be strong but well… I didn’t touch tier I in ages.