Montcalm - French Tier VI Premium Light Cruiser 1937

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As one of six light cruisers of the La Galissonnière class, Montcalm stood as the most modern example of her ship type in the French Navy at the onset of World War II. In the initial months of the war, she operated in the North Atlantic and took part in the Norwegian campaign. In 1943, the ship underwent modernization in the U.S.A. that enhanced her air defenses and radio equipment. In June 1944, Montcalm covered the Allied landings in Normandy in the Omaha sector. Later in the war, the cruiser participated in the liberation of Southern France.

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Key Features

Montcalm is armed with nine 152mm guns with good ballistics, long range, and high damage per minute for her tier. Her torpedo armament is rather light, with only two tubes per side which can be effective in special situations. In terms of consumables, Montcalm will supplement her main battery with the Main Battery Reload Booster, giving her already lethal main battery an extra punch. She will also have access to the usual Hydroacoustic Search or Defensive AA Fire consumables in one slot. While her base speed is relatively low, she will also not have access to the Engine Boost consumable, compared to most French cruisers.


To have the greatest impact in battle, captains will need to put Montcalm's main battery to work. To this end, she will be best played at longer range, because of her low speed and overall low survivability. Her Main Battery Reload Booster will allow her to put out heavy burst damage and take advantage of enemy Damage Control Party cooldowns. At close range, enemy battleships and cruisers will make short work of her, so be sure to take advantage of island cover. Additionally, Montcalm may also be played effectively behind friendly destroyers, using their smoke screens to block enemy vision.

Montcalm Info:

Ship Name:  VI Montcalm
Tier: 6
Paper Ship: No
Class: La Galissonnière-class cruiser
WG Introduction: January 31, 2024
Status during tests and/if early access:  Special Ship
Status when Final:  Premium Ship
Estimated Release: 13.4
Base Value: resource 5,500
Nation: image of free france flag  France


Hit Points: 24 800
Torpedo Protection, damage reduction: 10%
Overall: 6-105 mm
Fires Duration: 30 s
Side Plating Fore/Mid/Aft: 16/16-105/16 mm
Deck Fore/Mid/Aft: 16/25/16 mm
Fore Athwartships: 16 mm
Aft Athwartships: 20-60 mm
Citadel Fore Athwartships: 20-60 mm
Citadel Aft Athwartships: 6-60 mm
Plating: 16-105 mm
Armor Belt: 105 mm
Torpedo Bulkhead: 20 mm
Citadel Deck: 38 mm
Superstructure: 10 mm
Citadel Bottom: 30 mm
Turrets: 40-100 mm
Tonnage: 9 100 t

Main Battery:

3 x 3 152 mm/55 Mle 1930 on an Mle 1930 mount:
Max Range: 18.0 km
Reload: 8.6 s
180° Turn Time: 15.0 s
Dispersion at Max Range: 157 m
Sigma: 2.00σ

Shell Types

HE Shells:
9 x 152 mm HE OEA Mle 1937:
Maximum HE shell damage:  2 200
Alpha Piercing HE:  25.0 mm
Shell Air Drag:  0.3051
Shell Always Ricochet At:  60.0°
Normalization:  8.0°
Shell Detonator:  0.001
Shell Detonator Threshold:  2.0
Shell Krupp:  1.0
Shell Mass:  55.0
Shell Ricochet At:  91.0°
HE Shell initial velocity:  870.0 m/s
Chance of causing fire:  12.0%
AP Shells: 
9 x 152 mm AP OPfK Mle 1937:
Maximum AP shell damage: 3 300
Shell Air Drag:    0.2933
Shell Always Ricochet At: 60.0°
Normalization:  8.5°
Shell Detonator:  0.025
Shell Detonator Threshold: 25.0 mm
Shell Krupp: 2184.0
Shell Mass: 56.0
Shell Ricochet At: 45.0°
AP Shell initial velocity: 870.0 m/s


4 x 2 90 mm/50 Mle 1926 on an Mle 1930 mount:
Maximum HE shell damage:  1 300
Range:  5.6 km
Reload:  4.0 mm
Alpha Piercing HE:  15.0 mm
Shell Air Drag:  0.314
HE Shell initial velocity:  850.0 m/s
Chance of causing fire:  5.0%

Depth Charge Airstrike:

Reload: 30 s
Available Flights: 1
Number of Aircraft in Attacking Flight: 1
Max Range: 6.0 km
Bombs in Payload: 1x 100-LB. Bomb MK VIII
Max Bomb Damage: 2900
Max Depth: 80 m
Chance of fire: 16%


2 × 2 550 mm tube lance-torpilles/550 mm 23DT:
Range: 6.0 km
Reload: 60 s
Alpha Damage: 14,833
Speed: 60 kts
180 degree turn time: 7.2 s
Torpedo detectability: 1.3 km

AA Defence:

Long Range:
4 x 2 90 mm/50 Mle 1926 on an Mle 1930 mount:
Action Zone: 3.5-4.6 km
Hit Probability: 90 %
Damage Within an Explosion: 980
Continuous Damage Per Second: 21
Continuous Damage: 199
Number of Explosions Per Salvo: 1
Mid Range:
6 x 4 40 mm Bofors on a Mk.2 mount:
Action Zone: 3.5 km
Hit Probability: 90 %
Continuous Damage Per Second: 189
Short Range:
16 x 1 20 mm Oerlikon on a Mk.4 mount:
Action Zone: 2.0 km
Hit Probability: 85 %
Continuous Damage Per Second: 137


Maximum Speed: 31.0 kts
Turning Circle Radius: 650 m
Rudder Shift Time: 7.7 s
Propulsion: 84 000 hp


Surface Detectability: 12.9 km
Air Detectability: 5.7 km
Detectability by enemy Subs: 0-5.7 km
Detectability after Firing Main Guns in Smoke: 6.7 km


Slot 1: Damage Control Party:
Work Time: 5 s
Reload Time: 60 s
Slot 2: Hydroacoustic Search:
Charges: 3
Action Time: 100 s
Reload Time: 120 s
Submarine Detection Range at Max Depth: 2.0 km
Torpedo Detection Range: 3.0 km
Ship Detection Range: 4.0 km
Slot 2: Defensive AA Fire:
Charges: 3
Action time: 40 s
Reload time: 80 s
Continuous Damage: +50%
Shell Explosion Damage: +300%
Slot 3: Main Battery Reload Booster:
Charges: 4
Action Time: 15 s
Reload Time: 120 s
Main battery recharge time: -50%
All stats are listed without crew and upgrade modifiers but with best available modules. The stats are subject to change at any time.
Please note! that all information in this post is preliminary. Announced adjustments and features may change multiple times during testing. The final information will be published stated as Released on our WGB website.

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