Okay, in WG official developer diaries posted on Jan. 11th, they stated that they will be adding a couple ship lines for a nation that only has a premium battleship while showing the Dunkerque on screen. this obviously means we can expect some french ships within the year. Now knowing that the french navy didnt play that big of a role during the world wars it wasn't easy to fill all the spots in the tree. I still can’t find a nice boat tier 10. But in the end, I leave it all to WG put what goes where. Could fit in a premium at tier 7 but not right now, The De Grasse, pretty much the French take on the Atlanta and Flint.
Tier 1: Bougainville-class This boat is much like the Erie for tier 1. Big slow and larger guns. 3 x single 5.5" (135mm~) guns at about 15 knots and 2600t. 200t lighter than Erie. Its really the only ship that fits the description of a tier 1 sloop for France.
Tier 2 : Jurien de la Gravière. found some balance difficulty here as they all have damn torpedoes since the 1890"s, She was commissioned in 1899 as a protected cruiser, 22knots and 8x6.5" guns (160mm) (im going by the picture to say they are single mount) and two 18" torpedo tubes. at around 5500t.
Tier 3: Gloire-class, this gets interesting fast. Commissioned in 1904, 21 knots, +-9000t, five 18” torpedo tubes (no idea the setup) and 2 × single 7.6” (194mm) guns, 8 × single 6.5” (164mm) guns, and 6 × single 3.9 in (100mm) guns. While researching, I noticed the French had about a half dozen different types of cruiser similar to the Gloire-class. It is clearly going to have serious balance issues.
Tier 4: Edgar Quinet-class. Commissioned in 1911, 23 knots and at +-13,000t. going back to some more conventional gun mounting 14 × 7.6 in (194 mm) guns. 1 twin turret, fore and aft and then the rest all over the damn place. And again two 18” torpedo tubes.
Tier 5: Duguay-Trouin-class. Commissioned 1926 something of a master copy for everyone’s idea of the light cruiser. 30 knots at +-7200t. 4 twin 6” (155mm) turrets, reasonable AA suite after refits ( to much for specifics. And 4 triple 22” torpedo launchers. With a scout plane.
Tier 6: La Galissonnière. Commissioned in 1936. 31 knots at +-7600t. 3 triple 6” (155mm) guns. Nice AA suite with dual purpose twin 90mm. Seaplane, and 2 twin 22” torpedo tubes.
Tier 7: Duquesne-class Commissioned in 1928, Pretty much a French version of the German York class. 34 knots at 10,000t, 4 twin 8” (203mm) guns, decent but not great “as built” AA, seaplanes, and 4 triple 22” torpedo tubes. Not sure if she was fit with radar….
Tier 8: Algérie Class: Built in response to the Italian Zara Class (You could argue that the Algérie and the Admiral Hipper were both built to keep up with the Zara). Commissioned in 1934. 31 knots at 10,000t. 4 twin 8” (203mm). nice AA with dual purpose 100mm ( 6xtwin), 2 triple 22” torpedo launchers. Aircraft and radar.
Tier 9: Saint-Louis class, planned not built Last one I could come up with. Plans were approved in april of 1940 but they were never ordered. She was planned at just below 16,000t, at 34 knots with 3 triple 8” (203mm). Had very large AA capacity, scout planes and radar. No torps though.
REMINDER: this is my take on what the line should be like. It will start off big slow well armored and bulky and progress to be faster and lighter. I do not expect WG to use any of these realistically, I only think that we will get something close to this.
if you want visuals, you should be able to find most on Wikipedia or ship bucket.
Edited by TheKaiserSose101, 14 January 2017 - 08:06 AM.