Ship Comparison: Main Battery Guns
Four battleships compete in main battery turret traverse speed, shell flight distance, shell power, and even shot volume!
This year, we’re going to present you several fresh video formats; each of them offers a different look at our game and its aspects. Today, we introduce “Comparison”!
As the title suggests, in this series we take a certain characteristic, mix up a few ships, add great editing, a dash of unusual perspective, and a vibrant soundtrack according to taste.
The focus is on four battleships—and the characteristics of their main battery guns:
• Main battery turret traverse speed
• Shell flight distance
• Shell power at the final point of flight
• Bonus—shot volume!
The U.S. Navy initially developed a battleship with 356 mm main guns in compliance with the existing treaty terms, but the caliber was later increased to 406 mm due to Japan’s refusal to accept the restrictions. During World War II, USS North Carolina escorted convoys and participated in the Guadalcanal campaign, the Battle of the Eastern Solomons, the Gilbert and Marshall Islands campaign, the Mariana Islands campaign, the Battle of the Philippine Sea, the landings in the Philippines, and the landings in Okinawa. The ship was awarded 12 battle stars during the course of the war.
The original plan was for the new ship to be armed with eight 330 mm guns; however, their caliber was increased to 380 mm when France and Italy started building battleships with such armament. In May 1941, battleship Bismarck and battlecruiser Prinz Eugen set off on a hunt for convoys in the Atlantic Ocean. On their way, they were intercepted by British ships Prince of Wales and Hood. After taking several hits, Hood exploded, and the German raiders headed for the Atlantic. The British fleet pursued their prey, and on May 26, rudder damage rendered Bismarck uncontrollable. In the battle that ensued, the battleship was sunk.
The Richelieu class was the French response to the Italian Littorio class. The final project was essentially an enlarged variant of Dunkerque with improved AA defenses. While still under construction, Richelieu was evacuated to Africa, but the ship served in World War II at a later stage.
The third battleship of the Vittorio Veneto class, Roma, was built according to the 1938 program. She participated in the air defense of coastal towns together with her sister ships, and in June 1943, she was heavily damaged by American bombers in La Spezia. After being repaired, the battleship was deployed as the flagship of Admiral Carlo Bergamini in a large battle group that intended to attack Allied ships approaching Sicily. However, the day before the planned operation, an armistice was reached. Roma was eventually sunk by German aircraft on her way to getting interned in Malta.
Keep an eye out on the official World of Warships website: https://wo.ws/website