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Alsace
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Battleship | France | Tier IX
Tech Tree Position
Richelieu
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République
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General
Research price190000 exp
Purchase price16,900,000 Credits
Hit Points69,000 
Main Battery
380 mm/45 Mle 19353 х 4 pcs.
Rate of Fire1.88 shots/min.
Reload Time32 sec.
Rotation Speeddeg./sec.
180 Degree Turn Time36 sec.
Firing Range18.45 km.
Maximum Dispersion264 m.
HE Shell380 mm HE OEA Mle 1945 
Maximum HE Shell Damage5,400 
Chance of Fire on Target Caused by HE Shell36 %
Initial HE Shell Velocity830 m./s.
HE Shell Weight884 kg.
AP Shell380 mm AP OPfK Mle 1943 
Maximum AP Shell Damage11,900 
Initial AP Shell Velocity830 m./s.
AP Shell Weight885 kg.
Secondary Armament #1
100 mm/45 Mle 193312 х 2 pcs.
Firing Range7.5 km.
Rate of Fire15 shots/min.
Reload Timesec.
HE Shell100 mm HE OEA Mle 1928 
Maximum HE Shell Damage1,400 
Initial HE Shell Velocity780 m./s.
Chance of Fire on Target Caused by HE Shel%
Secondary Armament #2
152 mm/55 Mle 19363 х 3 pcs.
Firing Range7.5 km.
Rate of Fireshots/min.
Reload Time12 sec.
HE Shell152 mm HE OEA Mle 1937 
Maximum HE Shell Damage2,200 
Initial HE Shell Velocity870 m./s.
Chance of Fire on Target Caused by HE Shel12 %
AA Defense
37 mm/70 ACAD Mle 193612 х 2 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second145.2 
. . . Firing Range3.51 km.
25 mm/60 CAD Mle 193910 х 2 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second56 
. . . Firing Range2.49 km.
100 mm/45 Mle 193312 х 2 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second81.6 
. . . Firing Range5.01 km.
152 mm/55 Mle 19363 х 3 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second24.9 
. . . Firing Range5.01 km.
Maneuverability
Maximum Speed30.4 knot
Turning Circle Radius910 m.
Rudder Shift Time23.2 sec.
Concealment
Surface Detectability Range16.74 km.
Air Detectability Range12.07 km.
Battle Levels
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IX
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16,900,000

Alsace — French Tier IX battleship.

A battleship design developed in France in response to construction of the German "H"-class battleships. The ship was a development of the Richelieu class, but in contrast to her predecessor, she had more powerful artillery that was arranged according to a more reasonable scheme. One of the design versions received twelve 380 mm guns that were placed in three main turrets.

Modules

Main Battery Rate of Fire
(shots/min)
180° Turn Time
(sec)
Maximum Dispersion
(m)
Maximum HE Shell Damage
(HP)
Chance of Fire on Target Caused by HE Shell
(%)
Maximum AP Shell Damage
(HP)
Research price
(exp)
Purchase price
(Credits)
380 mm/45 Mle 19351.9362645,4003611,900 02,000,000
Hull Hit Points
(HP)
Armor
(mm)
Armor
(mm)
Main Turrets
(pcs.)
Secondary Gun Turrets
(pcs.)
AA Mounts
(pcs.)
Torpedo Tubes
(pcs.)
Hangar Capacity
(pcs.)
Research price
(exp)
Purchase price
(Credits)
Alsace (A)69,0001943033/1212/10/12/30 02,400,000
Alsace (B)74,70019430312/33/120 64,0005,500,000
Gun Fire Control System Firing Range Increase
(%)
Maximum Firing Range
(km)
Research price
(exp)
Purchase price
(Credits)
PCA n° 9 Mle 1018.4 01,000,000
PCA n° 9 Mle 21020.3 28,0002,600,000
Engine Maximum Speed
(knot)
Research price
(exp)
Purchase price
(Credits)
Propulsion: 180,000 hp30.4 0600,000
Propulsion: 192,000 hp32 25,0002,000,000

Compatible Upgrades

 Slot 1  Main Armaments Modification 1 Auxiliary Armaments Modification 1 Magazine Modification 1
 Slot 2  Damage Control System Modification 1 Propulsion Modification 1 Steering Gears Modification 1
 Slot 3  Main Battery Modification 2 Secondary Battery Modification 1 AA Guns Modification 1 Aiming Systems Modification 1
 Slot 4  Damage Control System Modification 2 Propulsion Modification 2 Steering Gears Modification 2
 Slot 5  Target Acquisition System Modification 1 Concealment System Modification 1
 Slot 6  AA Guns Modification 2 Main Battery Modification 3 Gun Fire Control System Modification 2 Secondary Battery Modification 2

Player Opinion

Performance

​Continuing the grand tradition of the French battleships from Normandie at Tier VI onward, Alsace brings twelve 15-inch rifles in three quadruple turrets to the table. Historically designed to counter the German H-class battleship projects, Alsace is the next step up from Richelieu, carrying a third turret to her rear, with her guns laid out in the AB-X style common to her peers of Lion, Iowa, Missouri, and Musashi. She has more guns than any other battleship of her tier, the second highest base top speed, plentiful secondaries, a potent AA suite, and excellent agility. Alsace is well-suited for both mid-range dueling and close-range brawling, utilizing her mobility to move into prime positions, and to escape if the situation turns against her. With Speed Boost active and the Sierra Mike signal flags equipped, Alsace can easily chase or outrun enemy battleships, even able to keep pace with cruisers in a straight line.

However, Alsace doesn't have everything going for her. She has the smallest guns at Tier IX at 15", leading to her lower overmatch statistic, meaning she can't overmatch bow armor thicker than 25mm. While her armor is decent, she has the second lowest health pool of all tier nine battleships; the lowest goes to British Lion, but while Lion has a super-charged version of the Repair Party (While active, restores a fixed percentage of a ship's hit points each second.) consumable, Alsace does not. Alsace relies on her high mobility and properly angling her armor (made easier by her excellent turret arcs) to survive against her peers at Tier IX. Alsace comes fully equipped for aggressive and mobile game play, where cruisers are easy prey and battleships have no hopes of keeping up with the agile and swift Alsace.

Pros:

  • ​Excellent top speed of 32 knots, second to Iowa & Missouri’s 33 knots.
  • ​Carries the highest number of main guns at her tier, with twelve 15-inch guns in three quadruple turrets.
  • ​Good AP and HE shell velocities, both at 830 m/s.
  • ​Excellent secondary range of 7.5km base, able to reach 11.3km with the correct build.
  • ​Both the 100mm and 152mm secondary guns fire high explosive shells, and the 152mm guns have a 12.5% base fire chance and excellent damage. ​
  • Excellent AA suite on Hull (B).
  • Decent rudder shift time.
  • Excellent torpedo protection damage at 44%.​
  • Has the ability to use Speed Boost, pushing her top speed to 34.6 knots; with the Sierra Mike (+5% to the ship's maximum speed.) signal flag this takes her up to 36.3 knots.

Cons:

  • Poor surface & air concealment.
  • Lowest main gun range of her tier, tied with Friedrich der Große.
  • Large turning circle of 910 meters.
  • Long main battery reload of 32 seconds.
  • Smallest main gun caliber of 380mm at Tier IX, meaning Alsace can't overmatch the bow armor of cruisers like Ibuki, Buffalo and Roon.
  • Most of the secondaries are 100mm guns, and can only reliably damage destroyers or superstructures on larger ships.
  • Mediocre dispersion and an abysmal sigma of 1.6 partly counteracts the advantage of the high gun count.
  • Second-lowest health pool of Tier IX battleships at 74,700, lowest effective health pool due to lack of the Lion's enhanced heal.
  • Having all 32mm outer plating, very vulnerable to 203mm HE or IFHE 152mm guns, as well as Yamato and Musashi that can overmatch 32mm plating.

Research

Availability of researchable upgrades for Alsace is as follows:

  • Hull: Upgrade to Hull (B) for improved rate of fire on her 100mm secondary batteries, additional health, a modest increase in anti-aircraft firepower, and improved rudder traverse speed. Research of this module unlocks progression to République.
  • Gun Fire Control System: Upgrade to PCA n° 9 Mle 2 for an extra 10% range on the main battery.
  • Propulsion: Upgrading the engines provides an additional 1.6 knots of maximum speed.
Reaching the Fire Control System first is the top priority, as Alsace’s stock range sits at 18.4km, lower than all her peers. Her stock hull anti-aircraft suite is surprisingly capable, and the only major downside of Hull (A) is the base 23.2 second rudder shift time; this leaves captains with a choice between Hull (B) — to greatly reduce her rudder shift and improve her survivability and AA — or her Fire Control System to boost her range as their first upgrade. Finally, her Engine upgrade can be saved for last, as her base top speed of 30.4 knots already makes her the second fastest Tier IX battleship.

Optimal Configuration

Upgrades

As a Tier IX ship, Alsace has access to all six Upgrade Slots. Alsace can build for Secondaries or AA.

Commander Skills

As an agile but fragile Tier IX battleship, Alsace benefits from almost any improvement to her survival department, but her secondaries and AA batteries are perfect for improving. General-purpose skills that benefit any Alsace captain include Preventive Maintenance, Expert Marksman, Adrenaline Rush, Superintendent, Concealment Expert, and Fire Prevention.

Consumables

Alsace can equip the following consumables:

Alsace hugely benefits from the premium consumables Damage Control Party II (When activated, instantly repairs fires, floods, and incapacitations, and prevents more for the duration.), Repair Party II (While active, restores a fixed percentage of a ship's hit points each second.), and Engine Boost II (While active, increases a ship's speed by a fixed percentage.).

Camouflage

Type 1, 2, or 5 camouflage can be equipped for credits; Types 2 or 5 are recommended at a minimum to reduce the accuracy of incoming shells.

Players who wish to spend doubloons can equip Alsace with Type 19 camouflage that lowers her detection radius, reduces the accuracy of incoming shells, reduces her repair costs, and increases the amount of experience she earns.

Signals

As a Tier IX Battleship, Alsace benefits greatly from signals that improve her survivability, such as November Foxtrot (-5% reload time on all consumables.), India Delta (+20% to the amount of HP recovered when the Repair Party consumable is used.), and India Yankee (-20% to fire duration.). Signals that increase experience and credit earnings can also be useful, as well as those that boost her secondary battery and anti-aircraft armament.

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