Ladies and Gentlemen, today we are taking a look at what would happen if we crossed the Iowa-class with the Gneisenau as we have it in the game. Here is the upcoming new Tier IX premium, the USS Georgia.
There was a lot of head scratching around the Georgia at the beginning because nobody really knew what she was. After some researches, people agreed on the fact that the ship is based on a preliminary design of the Iowa-class. More precisely, she appears to be a somewhat modified BB61 preliminary design, Scheme IV from May 1938.
For the modified characteristics, it’s mostly about the main armament ( 3×2 457 mm/47 instead of 3×3 406 mm/45 (no, I will not use the imperial units, metric system for the win!) and also the speed (33 knots instead of 28.5 knots if I remember correctly).
Basically, this ship is, except for her main battery, very similar to the Iowa or the Missouri. For now, she is free of any gimmick except for her secondaries that have a better dispersion formula than the secondaries of the Massachusetts.
The armor analysis
As I said in the introduction, the armor is very similar to the Iowa or the Missouri. The only major differences is the turret armor and the rear protection of the citadel.
The bow section
The joy of the American’s All-or-nothing armor scheme. The bow is entirely covered by 32 mm of armor just like the other US battleships.
For the frontal protection of the middle section, the upper casemate is 16 mm thick and then 343 mm thick.
As for the citadel’s athwartship and the casemates around it, they are 216 mm thick.
Here is the shape of the citadel (surrounded in red). The citadel deck is exactly at the waterline.
The middle section
The deck, as well as the sides, is 38 mm thick just like the Iowa or the Missouri. The main belt is behind the torpedo bulge of 32 mm.
It is 305 mm thick for the part above the waterline.
It then tapers for the citadel to 297 mm, then 163 mm and finally 58 mm thick.
For the horizontal protection, under the 38 mm weather deck, you have the 130 mm thick main armor deck. Below that, there is the splinter deck being 25 mm thick under the turrets and 16 mm above the engines. IJN AP bombs should have no issue to penetrate the citadel’s deck (splinter deck) if they are dropped from high altitude but at low altitude, the protection SHOULD be sufficient.
The stern section
The stern is similar to the bow as it is also covered by 32 mm of armor.
Compared to the Iowa or the Missouri, she has quite particular protection inside the stern.
Inside the bow, there is some sort of extended belt of 343 mm that covers also the steering gears. As you can see, a part of the casemate protecting the middle section is also 343 mm thick.
There is a second extended belt below that is thinner with 181 mm thick.
On top of that, there is a 142 mm armored deck that protects the citadel’s athwartship.
And now, I have a very big question mark on top of my head. The citadel’s rear athwartship (in dark green) but also the casemates around it are only 16 mm thick. Basically, you want to pray all the gods of this world for the extended belt and armored deck to stop any AP shell that would penetrate your stern otherwise, the citadel is pretty much guaranteed.
It’s really a weird design to have the athwartship of the citadel being so little protected.
Also, I can’t wait to see the reaction of the guy that will only be able to see the 16 mm portion with the in-game armor viewer.
The superstructure’s protection is as usual 19 mm thick. it is pretty big though so destroyers and such will have plenty of surfaces to shoot at.
Well, these turrets are quite well armored. The face is 540 mm thick sloped at 23° so you should be fine against large caliber AP unless it’s at close range. The sides are 305 mm thick and then 241 mm thick. The back is 360 mm thick and finally, the roof is 184 mm thick. For the barbette, the upper part is 439 mm thick and the lower part is 76 mm thick.
Personal opinion on the ship
Well… I’m for now not convinced about this ship. The idea of an Iowa with only 6 guns at Tier IX doesn’t really hype me. Sure, she has 2.0 sigma compared to Iowa’s 1.9 but then again, that doesn’t do THAT much difference in this situation. Then again, the very high alpha damage of the AP (highest alpha of the game for shells) might be able to compensate for the low number of shells.
For those that would be wondering, just like the other US battleship at this tier, she can use Artillery Plotting Room Modification 2.