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Supertest: Premium French Tier VII Battleship Strasbourg

Before I start this review, I would first want to apologize for the lack of articles in the last few days. IRL-wise, I’ve been pretty damn busy since we are in the middle of the grape harvest period and let’s say that when I get back home after 9 or 10 hours of work, I don’t really have the motivation to on top of that, write for the blog.
There were also issues with gamemodels3d with the armor models of a few of the new ships not working at all. In their case, the supertest articles will have to wait for the live version of the 0.9.9 client but don’t worry, you will get them.

The Strasbourg was the second unit of the Dunkerque-class of “Navires de ligne”  (fast battleships) of the French Navy. These ships were designed to counter the Deutschland-class of Panzerschiffe from the Kriegsmarine.

The Strasbourg was launched in December 1936 and commissioned on 15th September 1938.

Her inter-war career was fairly quiet, being assigned to the Atlantic fleet. When World War II started, the Strasbourg, alongside Dunkerque was assigned to the “Force de raid” that was meant to protected Allied merchant shipping. However, Strasbourg was reassigned to Force X, based on Dakar but would quickly be sent back to the Mediterannean as it became more likely that Italy would soon enter the war.

After the fall of France and the armistice, the Strasbourg, as well as multiple other ships, was stationed in Mers-el-Kébir. After a massive negotiation fiasco that happened with the Royal Navy’s Force H, the French fleet came under fire from the British force and had to evacuate Mers-El-Kébir with Strasbourg being able to escape without taking any major damage.

The Strasbourg would be called back to Toulon where she would be later scuttled with the rest of the Vichy France fleet in November 1942.

If you want to learn a bit more about the Dunkerque-class battleships, here is a video from Drachinifel about them:

French battleship Strasbourg, Tier VII

Strasbourg is a Dunkerque-class battleship equipped with the “Main Battery Reload Booster” consumable. Her decent rate of fire, good firing range, and mediocre armor make her most effective when playing at a distance and conducting flank attacks.

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.

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Modules
Hull
Engine
Gun Fire Control System
Main battery

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Strasbourg

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Propulsion: 107 000 hp

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PCA n° 7 Mle 1

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330 mm/52 St. Chamond Mle 1932

Characteristics
GeneralMain BatterySecondariesAir DefenseConsumables
Tier VII
Health 52 600 HP
Torpedo Damage Reduction 25%
Displacement 36 308 tons
Main Armament
Maximum Firing Range 19.100 km
330 mm/52 St. Chamond Mle 1932 2 x 4 330 mm
Secondary Armament
Maximum Firing Range 5.000 km
130 mm/45 Mle 1932 3 x 4 130 mm
2 x 2 130 mm
Maximum speed 29.5 knots
Turning Circle Radius 730 m
Rudder Shift Time 14.0 s
Surface Detectability 16.92 km
Air Detectability 9.58 km
Detectability After Firing Main Guns in Smoke 14.2 km

2 x 4 330 mm/52 St. Chamond Mle 1932
 Maximum Firing Range 19.100 km
 Reloading Time 21.0 s
180 Degree Turn Time 36.0 s
Optimal firing angles at the front
Optimal firing angles at the rear 32°
Sigma 1.70 sigma
Maximum Dispersion 253 m
Shells
Type of Projectile  HE – 330 mm HE OEA Mle 1935
Alpha Damage 4 800 HP
Damage 3 710 HP
Penetration capacity  55 mm
Explosion size 1.91
Fire chance 35 %
Projectile Speed 885 m/s
Air Drag 0.293
Projectile Mass 552 kg
Type of Projectile AP – 330 mm AP OPfK Mle 1935
Alpha Damage 9 700 HP
Chance to Cause Fire -0.5 %
Projectile Speed 870 m/s
Air Drag 0.28
Projectile Mass 560 kg
Projectile Krupp 2 428
Projectile Detonator 0.033 s
Detonator threshold 55 mm

3 x 4 130 mm/45 Mle 1932
2 x 2 130 mm/45 Mle 1932
Maximum Firing Range 5.000 km
Reloading Time 5 s
Sigma 1.00 sigma
Shells
Type of Projectile HE – 130 mm HE OEA Mle 1934
Alpha Damage 1 900 HP
Damage 550 HP
HE penetration 22 mm
Explosion Size 0.45
Chance to Cause Fire 9 %
Projectile Speed 840 m/s
Air Drag 0.315
Projectile Mass 29.5 kg

3 x 4 130 mm/45 Mle 1932
2 x 2 130 mm/45 Mle 1932
Sector range 0.1 km – 6.0 km
Hit chance 75 %
Sector’s damage 44
Sector’s damage frequency 0.29 s
Sector’s damage per second 150
Flak clouds number 3
Flak cloud damage 1 400
4 x 2 37 mm/50 Mle 1933
Sector range 0.1 km – 3.5 km
Hit chance 75 %
Sector’s damage 9
Sector’s damage frequency 0.29 s
Sector’s damage per second 30
8 x 4 13.2 mm/76 CAQ Mle 1929
Sector range 0.1 km – 1.5 km
Hit chance 70 %
Sector’s damage 35
Sector’s damage frequency 0.29 s
Sector’s damage per second 120

Slot 1
Slot 2
Slot 3
Slot 4
Damage Control Party
consumable_PCY009_CrashCrewPremiumWork time: 10 s
Cooldown: 80 s
Repair Party
Number of charges: 4
Work time: 28 s
Cooldown: 80 s
HP regeneration speed: +0.5%/s
Main Battery Reload Booster
Number of charges: 4
Work time: 20 s
Cooldown: 120 s
HP
Bonus: -50 % reload time
Fighter
consumable_PCY012_FighterPremiumNumber of charges: 3
Work time: 60 s
Cooldown: 90 s
Patrol radius: 3.0 km
Number of planes in the squadron: 3
Spotting Aircraft
Number of charges: 4
Work time: 100 s
Cooldown: 240 s
Bonus: +20% maximum firing range

The Armor

The Strasbourg presents, without any surprise, the same armor scheme as Dunkerque but with thicker armor around the vital parts of the ship.

The bow section

The bow’s external plating is 26 mm thick like on the other tier VII battleships.

For the protection of the middle section, the upper casemate is 20 mm thick while the rest is a uniform 228 mm thick bulkhead.

Overall, ships with 380 mm guns or bigger might have an easy time getting citadels on her through the bow, especially since she has no internal armored deck. At least, the citadel is barely above the waterline.

The middle section

The middle section is, for the external part, a free real estate for HE spam. The ship’s hull is entirely covered with 26 mm of armor.

The main belt is located right behind the anti-torpedo bulge and , for the most part, is 283 mm thick compared to the 225 mm of the Dunkerque and then there is a tiny 175 mm section, well below the waterline.

When it comes to the internal protection, the turtleback is 40 mm thick with a 30° to 31° slope. As you can see, the extremities of the citadel are also 40 mm thick.

The rest of the citadel’s side armor is 50 mm thick and the same goes for the citadel’s deck.

When it comes to the horizontal protection, the ship is actually quite decently protected. Under the 26 mm weather deck, there is, first, a 20 mm deck covering a large part of the middle section. The main armor deck is 130 mm thick and there is finally the 50 mm citadel deck.

With all of these combined, the Strasbourg should have, at least, some form of protection against AP bombs.

The barbettes of the secondaries are also modeled with their own armor. The quadruple turrets have 120 mm casemates going all the way down to the citadel deck. The twin turrets have a mix of 60 mm and 20 mm armor.

The stern section

The stern is 26 mm thick for the external plating.

Inside the stern, there is an armored deck divided into 2 parts with the large one being 100 mm thick and the one protecting the steering gears being 150 mm thick. With this, the ship is pretty much immune to citadels through the stern.

For the protection of the middle section, the upper casemate is 20 mm thick. Below it, there is the rear of the turtleback with 210 mm guns and finally, the citadel’s athwartship and the bulkheads around it with 98 mm of armor.

The superstructure

The superstructure is protected by 16 mm of armor except for the conning tower with a mix of 150 mm, 250 mm and 300 mm armor.

The turrets

When it comes to the turrets, the armor really isn’t stellar on them. The face is 330 mm thick, sloped at 19°, the sides are 250 mm thick, the back is 335 mm thick and finally, the roof is 150 mm thick.

The barbettes are 340 mm thick for the major part except for the top which is 150 mm thick.

Personal Opinion

Dunkerque has always been a bit of a guilty pleasure for me. Having a better armored Dunkerque with faster reload AND Main Battery Reload Booster… how to tell you that I am looking forward to testing the Strasbourg?

Now you might say that it’s just a bad Jean Bart but compared to Jean Bart, she can overmatch more armor in matchmaking range and also compares better to other ships at her tier when it comes to AP penetration.

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