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La Galissonnière — French Tier VI cruiser
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La Galissonnière — French Tier VI cruiser

At the outbreak of World War II, La Galissonnière was one of the best light cruisers in the world. In contrast to its predecessor, it offered good main battery weapons and better armor protection among ships of this type. In 1943, cruisers of this class received anti-aircraft weaponry and improved surveillance radars.

It actually has armor, unlike the two previous ships on the line.
Improved fire rate on Émile Bertin, while retaining the advantages of the AB-X layout and rapid traverse.
AA is good, but not unbelievable like the Cleveland.
Low Sigma values like other French cruisers.


Only double torpedo launchers, instead of Émile Bertin's triples.
While the rate of fire is improved compared to its predecessor, it is still worse than other cruisers at the same level of assembly of the same gun.
Steering gears get knocked out constantly.

Research price 37000 exp
Purchase price 3,000,000 
Hit Points 24,800 
Citadel armor20 — 105 mm.
Gun Casemate Armor  16 mm.
Armored Deck16 —        38 mm.
Forward and After Ends Armor16 mm.
Main Battery
152 mm / 55 mm 1930   3 х 3  pcs.
Rate of Fire 6.67 shots/min.
Reload Time  9 sec.
Rotation Speed  12 deg./sec.
180 Degree Turn Time 15 sec.
Firing Range 14.47 km.
Maximum Dispersion 132 m.
HE Shell 152 mm HE OEA Mle 1937 
Maximum HE Shell Damage 2,200 
Chance of Fire on Target Caused by HE Shell12 %
Initial HE Shell Velocity 870 m./s.
HE Shell Weight 55 kg.
AP Shell152 mm AP OPfK Mle 1937 
Maximum AP Shell Damage 3,300 
Initial AP Shell Velocity 870 m./s.
AP Shell Weight 57.1 kg.
Secondary Armament #1
90 mm / 50 Mle 1930 4 х 2  pcs.
Firing Range 4.5 km.
Rate of Fire 15 shots/min.
Reload Time 4 sec.
HE Shell90 mm HE OEA Mle 1925 
Maximum HE Shell Damage 1,300 
Initial HE Shell Velocity 850 m./s.
Chance of Fire on Target Caused by HE Shel5 %
Torpedo Tubes
550 mm tube lance-torpilles 2 х 2 pcs.
Rate of Fire 1 shots/min.
Reload Time 60 sec.
Rotation Speed 25 deg./sec.
180 Degree Turn Time 7.2 sec.
Torpedo550 mm 23DT 
Maximum Damage 14,833 
Torpedo Speed 60 knot
Torpedo Range 9 km.
AA Defense
13.2 mm / 76 Mle 192916 х 1  pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second40 
. . . Firing Range 1.2 km.
40 mm / 56 Bofors Mk3 6 x 1  pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second 45.6 
. . . Firing Range 3.51 km.
90 mm / 50 Mle 1930 4 х 2  pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second 15.2 
. . . Firing Range 3.99 km.
Maximum Speed 31 knot
Turning Circle Radius 650 m.
Rudder Shift Time 10.7 sec.
Surface Detectability Range 13.32 km.
Air Detectability Range 7.17 km.

Player Review


The Tier VI Galissonnière has a main armament of nine 152mm cannons in three turrets with an AB-X turret configuration, as well as a double tube torpedo launcher on each side. Its main cannons have fast shell speed and decent range, along with a high fire probability for explosive shells of 152mm high at 12%. While recharging is slower than other 152mm cruisers, this high probability of fire makes it a threat to enemy ships, forcing them to use the Damage Control Party to put out fires or suffer great damage. Their armor piercing rounds are decent in the short ranks and the immersion fire citadels are possible while their torpedoes are different from most of the cruisers in this level with a base range of 9.0 km and only Two tubes per side. Instead of a blank self-defense weapon capable of wiping out full health battleships, the torpedoes of La Galissonnière are more long-range harassment and denial-area weapons, good for throwing around the islands and into the shells with The hope of hitting unprepared enemies.

Like most cruisers, she is quite soft and will take large amounts of damage from anything that lands shells on her. Drive a little slow, bleeding large amounts of speed in turns. However, while slower on paper, La Galissonnière gives you access to the Motor Boost consumables, allowing you to increase your speed significantly and make your lower top speed a little less noticeable. Its anti-aircraft weaponry consists mainly of 40mm Bofors quad and 20mm brackets, and while it is sufficient for self-defense, its long range AA power is very scarce; She is not a ship her teammates can rely on for anti-aircraft support.

Historic information

With the conclusions of the 1930 London naval treaty, the Marine Nationale understood that cruise design projects would move away from the 10,000-ton “heavy cruiser.” After the completion of Algerié, instead, the Navy argued that 6000 tons of “light cruisers” would be more economical; Easier and easier to build in larger quantities. This suited the French, who needed ships to watch over their empires by sea. Using his work on Émile Bertin as a prototype, the Navy set out to design a new class of light cruisers that could match the last offers of the British: Leander class cruisers. The new class of cruisers was designed with balance in mind; Incorporating speed, firepower and armor, since the earlier design philosophy of “speed equal to protection” did not always sound true, as seen with Condottieri class cruisers. With this in mind, after a year since the Naval Treaty of 1930, the design of what became the cruises of La Galissonnière was established.

Starting the hull design with what was used for Emile Bertin, the cruiser used the same pioneer protection scheme in Algerié but on a lighter scale due to slight restrictions. While the concessions had to be made for the less vital components of the ship, the Navy was uncompromising in its posture that the ships required a main belt of 100mm and a main deck of 30mm; Insisting that this was the minimum necessary for adequate protection. The original idea was to use a 4-axis system to power cruise ships since redundancy was a safety measure. But designers realized that if the system was dropped to two axes, there would save 100 tons and increase the resistance in another 500 nautical miles; The benefits outweighed the costs and the machinery was diminished. With less machinery to protect, the citadel and the necessary superstructure was able to be condensed and better protected. But due to the use of state-of-the-art boilers, the ship class saw no reduction in output power

To keep design and construction time as low as possible, the armament systems were of a similar design to that implemented in Émile Bertin, but on a much more armored scale, as the turrets assembled a greater armor; Requiring more power to use them. There was a desire for major weapons systems to be under a high level of autonomous control, but unfortunately, they were plagued by many technical defects throughout their service lives and were unable to meet the promised performance specifications. Another sign of simplification came with the desired anti-aircraft weaponry. While there were a plethora of secondary weapons in Algerié, gallon cruisers emphasized their anti-aircraft defense in 40mm cannons. In weight granting, only torpedo-tube launchers were mounted, as opposed to standard triple-tube launchers.

In total, six (6) La Galissonnière cruises were built between 1931 and 1933. They were put into service at the Marine Nationale between 1936 and 1937.


The cruises served the years before the war divided evenly between the 3rd Cruise Division (La Galissonnière, Jean de Vienne, Marseillaise) of the Mediterranean Squadron or the 4th Fleet Division (Georges Leygues, Montcalm, La Gloire) Atlantic.

With the beginning of the war, the 4th Cruise Division was used regularly to project the Atlantic convoys to Europe from the Americas. In early 1940, the Marine Nationale was in action off the coast of Norway and the cruiser Montcalm came to the relief of Emile Bertin and contributed to the evacuation of Namsos. As Italy advanced towards a state of war in late May 1940, action in and around the Mediterranean Sea was anticipated. In response, the French Admiralty sent the 3rd and 4th cruiser divisions to be stationed in Algiers in North Africa.

With the capitulation of France on 22 June 1940, the cruisers fell under the control of the Vichy government, who ordered them to go to Mers-el-Kébir to counter the arrival of the British force H. Unable to arrive on time, I had no choice but to divert both divisions to dock in Toulon. A few months later, when the French Free Forces took control of French Equatorial Africa, the Vichy government sent the 4th Cruise Division to counter this. Unfortunately, due to mechanical and logistical problems, the 4th Division was diverted to Dakar instead, where they would be stationed until 1943. While in Dakar, they partook in the defense against Operation Menace.

Meanwhile, in Toulon, the 3rd Cruise Division joined the Deep Sea Force, which saw no major action against enemy combatants due to a fuel shortage problem. When the Allies invaded North Africa in 1942, the Germans entered the free zone and headed towards Toulon. Not wishing to allow their ships to be captured by the Germans, the Vichy Forces destroyed their High Seas Force.

The 4th cruiser division – stationed in Africa – joined the Allied forces there. Between 1943 and 1944, Geoges Leygues, Montcalm and La Gloire regularly conducted patrols in the Mediterranean, to be sent intermittently to the United States for reinstatement.

In 1944, the six cruisers supported the Overlord of Operations and the Dragon, the Allied landings in continental Europe. Later that year, they returned to the Mediterranean to continue their patrols outside Italian waters.

The six ships of the class survived World War II. After the war, they saw several deployments to Indochina and Algeria, serving sequentially as a flagship of the Mediterranean squadron through the late 1950s. Eventually, all were removed from service and discarded before 1960, with the exception of Montcalm (who did not Be discarded until the 1970s).

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