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World of Warships Supertest: French Tier VII Premium Cruiser Toulon

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Historical background

Toulon is based on a design of French battlecruiser from the late 1920s. The “Croiseur de bataille de 17 500 tonnes” was made to counter the treaty cruiser from the Regia Marina, such as the Trento-class heavy cruisers. To fulfill its mission of cruiser killer, the planned armament was a main battery of eight 305 mm in two quadruple turrets superfiring at the front. The maximum speed was meant to be 35 knots which, combined with the position of the main battery, would have been perfect to chase enemy cruisers. Finally, the protection was also putting an emphasis on countering enemy 203 mm guns with an estimated main belt thickness of 150 to 180 mm.

With the arrival of the German Deutschland-class, the project was abandoned due to its vulnerability against the German 283 mm guns. There were multiple follow-on projects that would result in the construction of the Dunkerque-class.

In World of Warships, Toulon represents quite decently what we know of the 17 500 tons design except for the speed that was significantly reduced. Sadly, no real blueprint is available because the French archives are an absolute mess. The odd and disappointing choice from Wargaming is that they gave Toulon the same guns are the tier IV battleship Courbet while much more modern 305 mm guns would have been expected.

As of right now, Toulon is equipped with a Main Battery Reload Booster and is one of the few cruisers at tier VII with a Repair Party. Also, unlike the other French cruisers, she doesn’t have an Engine Boost. For what it’s worth, her secondaries, just like for the other French battlecruisers, have the same dispersion as the secondaries of Massachusetts and the likes of Schlieffen.

Ship’s preview

 

Ship’s commemorative flag

Ship’s camouflage

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.

Modules

Hull
Engine
Gun Fire Control System
Main battery

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‎Toulon

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Propulsion: 147 000 HP

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‎‎PCA n° 7 Mle 1

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305 mm/45 Mle 1910 in a turret

General Characteristics

Tier VII
Health 42 500 HP
Torpedo Damage Reduction 25 %
Displacement 21 890 tons
Dimensions
Overall length 205.1 m
Beam 24.52 m
Overall height (keel to the highest point on the ship) 23.08 m
Freeboard 6.8 m
Main Armament
Maximum Firing Range 16.770 km
305 mm/45 Mle 1910 in a turret 2 x 4 305 mm
Secondary Armament
Maximum Firing Range 6.300 km
155 mm/50 Mle 1920 on an Mle 1927 mount
100 mm/45 Mle 1930 on an Mle 1931 mount
2 x 3 155 mm
6 x 2 100 mm
Maximum speed 30.0 knots
Turning Circle Radius 710 m
Rudder Shift Time 11.5 s
Surface Detectability 11.52 km
Air Detectability 7.9 km
Detectability After Firing Main Guns in Smoke 8.85 km

Main Armament

2 x 4 305 mm/45 Mle 1910 in a turret
 Maximum Firing Range 16.770 km
 Reloading Time 28.0 s
180 Degree Turn Time 40.0 s
Optimal firing angles at the front
Optimal firing angles at the rear 34°
Sigma 1.90 sigma
Maximum Dispersion 189 m
Shells
Type of Projectile  HE – 305 mm HE OEA Mle 1910
Alpha Damage 4 050
Penetration capacity  51 mm
Explosion size 1.44
Fire chance 17 %
Projectile Speed 905 m/s
Air Drag 0.54
Projectile Mass 308.0 kg
Type of Projectile AP – 305 mm AP OPf Mle 1910
Alpha Damage 8 000
Projectile Speed 798 m/s
Air Drag 0.52
Projectile Mass 395.0 kg
Projectile Krupp 2 300
Projectile Detonator 0.033 s
Detonator threshold 51 mm
Ricochet Angles 45° – 60°

Secondary Armament

2 x 3 155 mm/50 Mle 1920 on an Mle 1927 mount
Maximum Firing Range 6.300 km
Reloading Time 9.0 s
Sigma 1.0 sigma
Shells
Type of Projectile HE – 155 mm HE OEA Mle 1920
Alpha Damage 2 200
HE penetration 26 mm
Explosion Size 0.59
Chance to Cause Fire 11 %
Projectile Speed 870 m/s
Air Drag 0.34
Projectile Mass 59.0 kg
6 x 2 100 mm/45 Mle 1930 on an Mle 1931 mount
Maximum Firing Range 6.300 km
Reloading Time 4.0 s
Sigma 1.0 sigma
Shells
Type of Projectile HE – 100 mm HE OEA Mle 1928
Alpha Damage 1 400
HE penetration 17 mm
Explosion Size 0.29
Chance to Cause Fire 6 %
Projectile Speed 780 m/s
Air Drag 0.314
Projectile Mass 13.5 kg

Anti-air Armament

6 x 2 100 mm/45 Mle 1930 on an Mle 1931 mount
Sector range 0.1 km – 5.8 km
Hit chance 90 %
Sector’s damage 16
Sector’s damage frequency 0.29 s
Sector’s damage per second 56
Flak clouds number 2
Flak cloud damage 1 120
8 x 2 37 mm/50 CAIL Mle 1933 on a CAD Mle 1933 mount
Sector range 0.1 km – 3.0 km
Hit chance 90 %
Sector’s damage 10
Sector’s damage frequency 0.29 s
Sector’s damage per second 35
18 x 2 25 mm Hotchkiss Mle 1939 on a CAD Mle 1939 mount
Sector range 0.1 km – 2.5 km
Hit chance 85 %
Sector’s damage 68
Sector’s damage frequency 0.29 s
Sector’s damage per second 238

Consumables

Slot 1
Slot 2
Slot 3
Slot 4
Slot 5
Damage Control Party
consumable_PCY009_CrashCrewPremiumWork time: 5 s
Cooldown: 60 s
Defensive AA Fire

Number of charges: 3
Work time: 40 s
Cooldown: 80 s
Damage from continuous DPS: +50%
Damage from flak explosions: +300%
Fighter
Number of charges: 3
Work time: 60 s
Cooldown: 90 s
Number of fighters: 3
Patrol radius: 3.0 km
Main Battery Reload Booster
Number of charges: 3
Work time: 15 s
Cooldown: 60 s
Effect: -50% Main battery reload time
Repair Party
Number of charges: 3
Work time: 28 s
Cooldown: 80 s
HP regeneration speed: +0.5%/s
Casemate damage regeneration: 50%
Citadel damage regeneration: 10%
Hydroacoustic Search
consumable_PCY016_SonarSearchPremiumNumber of charges: 3
Work time: 100 s
Cooldown: 120 s
Torpedo spotting range: 3.0 km
Ship spotting range: 4.0 km

The Armor

External armor protection:

Front and rear armor protection of the middle section:

Turtleback:

Citadel armor protection:

Turrets armor protection:

Hidden main armor deck:

Hidden armor protection inside the stern:

Personal Opinion

Right now, Toulon looks honestly underwhelming. From the start, her firepower is lacking with a combined very long reload time and weak projectiles. Both the HE and AP have horrible ballistics, mostly due to the 0.52 air drag which is equivalent to having parachutes behind the shells. The HE deals a disappointing amount of damage and the fire chances are also bad for 305 mm shells. The AP is particularly concerning because it has literally the same penetration as the AP shells of New Orleans but with far worse ballistics and without the improved penetration angles.

The capacity to tank damage isn’t really there either because of the 16 mm bow and stern as well as the large freeboard of the ship.

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4 thoughts on “World of Warships Supertest: French Tier VII Premium Cruiser Toulon

  1. So basically Courbet guns at T7, even at T4 they are bad compared to other 305 mm on T4 BBs … Moreover the AP shells weight is 395 kg for Toulon but 428 kg for Courbet, so logically Toulon should have even lower penetration ! Do you confirm that ? Anyway, thanks a lot for these reviews 😉

  2. So basically Courbet guns at T7, even at T4 they are very bad so against T9 … Would be a really hard time ! Moreover the 305 mm AP shells on Courbet weigh 428 kg, only 395 kg for Toulon, so logically a penetration even lower on Toulon ? Can you confirm that ? Anyway a big thanks for these reviews, very usefull 😉

  3. Yup, can confirm that it’s even a nerfed version of the Courbet guns.
    I’m genuinely not looking forward to see them in action at tier VII…
    In any case, always a pleasure. 🙂

  4. Thx for replying, i agree with you this new line looks not that impressive. I saw the video from flamu about them, according to him they look very strong and especially Toulon but he didn’t know for the guns for sure ^^ Sry for the double post 😉

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