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 +A high-speed battlecruiser designed to counter German heavy cruisers. The ship had good torpedo protection, carried numerous dual-purpose guns and had powerful horizontal armor. Her main turrets were placed in the fore end thus making any aft firing scenarios impossible.<br><br>''{{#var:ship_name}}'' first went on sale on 22 August 2016 on the NA servers, and on 28 August 2016 on the EU servers.<br><br>{{Model3DViewer|bf2ff7190c8649eaa1b9515160a347b3}}
  
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?''Dunkerque'' is unique from the other Tier VI battleships with her high top speed and entirely forward-facing armament. She plays extremely similar to ''[[Ship:North Carolina|North Carolina]], [[Ship:Iowa|Iowa]]'', or ''[[Ship:Izumo|Izumo]]'' in that she is very durable when bow on, but has weak armor when broadside. Be careful to avoid close quarter brawl or static bow-on battle with other battleships early in the game as a well placed salvo can disable one or even both of her turrets. Her guns have a high muzzle velocity with fast shell travel time, but dispersion can be annoying at times. She is good at killing destroyers and cruisers, but will struggle against a well-angled battleship in much the same way as ''[[Ship:Scharnhorst|Scharnhorst]]'' will. However, she can outrun equal tier battleships, so use this speed to decline unfavorable engagements and support your team in killing enemy cruisers and to punish battleships who make positional mistakes.+''Dunkerque'' is unique from the other Tier VI battleships with her high top speed and entirely forward-facing armament. She plays extremely similar to ''[[North Carolina]], [[Iowa]]'', ''[[Nelson]]'', or ''[[Izumo]]'' in that she is very durable when bow on, but has weak armor when broadside. Be careful to avoid close quarter brawl or static bow-on battle with other battleships early in the game as a well placed salvo can disable one or even both of her turrets.
  
?'''[https://forum.worldofwarships.com/index.php?/topic/90963-premium-ship-review-dunkerque/ LittleWhiteMouse's Premium Ship Review: Dunkerque] from the NA forums'''+Her guns have a high muzzle velocity with fast shell travel time, but dispersion can be annoying at times. She is good at killing destroyers and cruisers, but will struggle against a well-angled battleship in much the same way as ''[[Scharnhorst]]'' does. However, she can outrun equal tier battleships, so smart captains maximize her speed to decline unfavorable engagements, support their teams in killing enemy cruisers, and punish battleships who make positional mistakes.
  
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 * Best-in-tier turret traverse speed. * Best-in-tier turret traverse speed.
 * Good shell velocity. * Good shell velocity.
?* Excellent main battery range (second only to ''[[Ship:Fuso|Fuso]]'' at Tier VI).+* Excellent main battery range (second only to ''[[Fuso]]'' at Tier VI).
?* Secondaries are concentrated in the back which can defend yourself from a destroyer who sneaks up behind you.+* Secondaries are concentrated in the back which can defend her from a destroyer who sneaks up from behind.
 * Outstanding speed. ''Dunkerque'' is the fastest Tier VI battleship in the game. * Outstanding speed. ''Dunkerque'' is the fastest Tier VI battleship in the game.
 * Rudder shift is insanely fast for a battleship, can be boosted by Steering Gears Modification 2 to be even faster. * Rudder shift is insanely fast for a battleship, can be boosted by Steering Gears Modification 2 to be even faster.
 +* An excellent main battery reload time of just 26 seconds
  
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 * Underwhelming AA suite leaves her highly vulnerable to enemy aircraft. * Underwhelming AA suite leaves her highly vulnerable to enemy aircraft.
 * Orientation of secondary batteries limits their usefulness in close-quarters situations from the front. * Orientation of secondary batteries limits their usefulness in close-quarters situations from the front.
?* 15-inch guns (380mm) such as those on [[Ship:Warspite|''Warspite'']] can overmatch her frontal armor, leading to possible citadel hits when bow-on to certain enemies.+* 15-inch guns (380mm) such as those on ''[[Warspite]]'' can overmatch her frontal armor, leading to possible citadel hits when bow-on to certain enemies.
 * As with most battleships of her tier, fires are a serious threat to her. * As with most battleships of her tier, fires are a serious threat to her.
 +* Opposing light cruisers with the [[Ship:Commander#Ineria Fuse for HE Shells|Inertia Fuse for HE Shells]] skill are an above-average threat due to the extent of her 25mm armor plating.
  
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?''Dunkerque'' captains should equip [[Ship:Upgrades#Main_Armaments_Modification.C2.A01|Main Armaments Modification 1]] to increase turret durability, and pay special attention to the Tier 5 skill Preventative Maintenance. +The recommended upgrades for ''{{#var:ship_name}}'' are as follows:
 +*'''Slot 1''': {{Main Armaments Modification 1}}
 +*'''Slot 2''': {{Damage Control System Modification 1}}
 +*'''Slot 3''': {{AA Guns Modification 1}}<nowiki>*</nowiki>
 +*'''Slot 4''': {{Damage Control System Modification 2}}
  
 +
 +'''Upgrade Slot 3''' gives players a choice between mounting '''AA Guns Modification 1''' to slightly increase the power of the AA armament, and {{Aiming Systems Modification 1}} to reduce shell dispersion and boost the effectiveness of the secondary armament.
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?With all of her firepower in two turret modules, Preventative Maintenance will increase the survivability of her main battery and reduce instances of potentially catastrophic turret destruction.+With all of her firepower in two turret modules, Level 1's Preventative Maintenance is highly recommended in order to increase the survivability of her main battery and reduce instances of potentially catastrophic turret destruction. Other key skills for ''{{#var:ship_name}}'' commanders include High Alert, Basics of Survivability, and Advanced Firing Training. Fire Prevention is worth the points as well, given the size of her superstructure and how many cruisers captains at Tier VI fire nothing but high explosive rounds.
  
 {{Commander Skills {{Commander Skills
?| Expert Loader=1+| Priority Target = 2
?| Basic Firing Training=2+| Preventative Maintenance = 3
?| Basics of Survivability=3+| Expert Loader = 1
?| Expert Rear Gunner=+| Aircraft Servicing Expert =
 +| Direction Center for Catapult Aircraft = 2
 +| Dogfighting Expert =
 +| Incoming Fire Alert = 1
 +| Evasive Maneuver =
  
?| Expert Marksman=3+| High Alert = 3
?| Torpedo Armament Expertise=+| Jack of All Trades = 2
?| Fire Prevention=2+| Expert Marksman = 2
?| Incoming Fire Alert=2+| Torpedo Acceleration =
?| Last Stand=1+| Smoke Screen Expert =
 +| Expert Rear Gunner =
 +| Adrenaline Rush = 2
 +| Last Stand = 1
  
?| Torpedo Acceleration=+| Basics of Survivability = 3
?| High Alert=3+| Survivability Expert =
?| Vigilance=2+| Torpedo Armament Expertise =
?| Dogfighting Expert =+| Emergency Takeoff =
?| Superintendent=3+| Basic Firing Training = 2
 +| Superintendent = 3
 +| Demolition Expert =
 +| Vigilance = 2
  
?| Demolition Expert=1+| Manual Fire Control for Secondary Armament =
?| Advanced Firing Training=2+| Fire Prevention = 2
?| Survivability Expert=1+| Inertia Fuse for HE Shells =
?| Aircraft Servicing Expert=+| Air Supremacy =
?| Manual Fire Control for AA Armament=2+| Advanced Firing Training = 2
? +| Manual Fire Control for AA Armament = 1
?| Last Chance=1+| Radio Position Finding =
?| Manual Fire Control for Secondary Armament=1+| Concealment Expert = 1
?| Preventative Maintenance=3+
?| Concealment Expert=1+
?| Air Supremacy=+
?| Jack of All Trades=2+
 }} }}
  
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 +''{{#var:ship_name}}'' can equip the following consumables:
 +* '''Slot 1:''' {{Damage Control Party}}
 +* '''Slot 2:''' {{Repair Party}}
 +* '''Slot 3:''' {{Spotting Aircraft}} '''or''' {{Catapult Fighter}}
  
 +As with most battleships, captains are encouraged to invest credits (or doubloons) into {{Damage Control Party II}} and {{Repair Party II}} in order to maximize their survivability.
  
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?As a premium ship, ''Dunkerque'' comes included with [[Ship:Camouflage#Premium_Camouflage|Type 10 camouflage]] that lowers her detection radius, reduces the accuracy of incoming shells, and increases the amount of experience she earns. +As a premium ship, ''{{#var:ship_name}}'' comes included with [[Ship:Camouflage#Premium_Camouflage|Type 10 camouflage]] that lowers her detection radius, reduces the accuracy of incoming shells, and increases the amount of experience she earns.
 + 
 +''Dunkerque'' also has a alternate Premium camouflage called "Fleur d'acier" that was rewarded from the missions [https://worldofwarships.com/en/news/common/the-prestigious-memento-rises/ "The Colors Of Dunkerque" and/or "Flower of Steel"].
  
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 +Combat signals that increase her durability are must-haves for ''{{#var:ship_name}}'': India Delta ({{India Delta|Size=18px}}) and India Yankee ({{India Yankee|Size=18px}}) are highly recommended, and Juliet Yankee Bissotwo ({{Juliet Yankee Bissotwo|Size=18px}}) is not a bad idea, either. November Echo Setteseven ({{November Echo Setteseven|Size=18px}}) can help shore up her naturally weak anti-aircraft armament, especially when paired with the Basic Firing Training commander skill.
  
 +{{Signal Flags
 +| November Echo Setteseven = 3
 +| Mike Yankee Soxisix = 1
 +| India X-Ray =
 +| Juliet Whiskey Unaone =
 +| Victor Lima =
 +| Hotel Yankee =
 +
 +| November Foxtrot = 1
 +| Sierra Mike = 2
 +| India Delta = 3
 +| Juliet Yankee Bissotwo = 2
 +| India Yankee = 3
 +| Juliet Charlie = 1
 +
 +| Zulu = 2
 +| India Bravo Terrathree =
 +| Equal Speed Charlie London =
 +| Zulu Hotel = 1
 +| Papa Papa = 2
 +
 +| Wyvern = 2
 +| Red Dragon = 1
 +| Dragon Flag = 2
 +| Ouroboros =
 +| Hydra = 1
 +}}
  
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 File:DunkerqueFleet.jpg|''Dunkerque'' prepares to enter battle with the fleet. File:DunkerqueFleet.jpg|''Dunkerque'' prepares to enter battle with the fleet.
?File:DunkerqueEngages.jpg|''Dunkerque'' opens fire upon an enemy, supported by a friendly ''[[ship:Warspite|Warspite]]''.+File:DunkerqueEngages.jpg|''Dunkerque'' opens fire upon an enemy, supported by a friendly ''[[Warspite]]''.
 File:DunkerqueAbove.jpg|''Dunkerque'' fires its' main guns. File:DunkerqueAbove.jpg|''Dunkerque'' fires its' main guns.
 File:DunkerqueSorties.jpg|''Dunkerque'' sorties to defend her home port. File:DunkerqueSorties.jpg|''Dunkerque'' sorties to defend her home port.
?File:DunkerqueSupport.jpg|An ''[[ship:Anshan|Anshan]]'' destroyer moves to support the French battleship.+File:DunkerqueSupport.jpg|An ''[[Anshan]]'' destroyer moves to support the French battleship.
?File:DunkerqueCover.jpg|A ''Dunkerque'' uses an island to help cover its maneuvers. In the background, a friendly ''[[Ship:Fuso|Fuso]]'' class battleship presses the attack.+File:DunkerqueCover.jpg|A ''Dunkerque'' uses an island to help cover its maneuvers. In the background, a friendly ''[[Fuso]]'' class battleship presses the attack.
?File:DunkerqueNM.jpg|A ''[[Ship:New Mexico|New Mexico]]'' class battleship falls to the combined force of ''Dunkerque'', ''[[ship:Warspite|Warspite]]'', and ''[[ship:Anshan|Anshan]]''.+File:DunkerqueNM.jpg|A ''[[New Mexico]]'' class battleship falls to the combined force of ''Dunkerque'', ''[[Warspite]]'', and ''[[Anshan]]''.
 +File:Dunkerques Alternate Camo.jpg|''Dunkerque'' rocking the "Steel Flower" of her "Fleur d'acier" camouflage on "B" turret.
 +File:DunkRear.jpg
 +File:DunkSide.jpg
 +File:DunkTurr.jpg
 +File:PCEE035_Dunkerque.png|[[Ship:Flags#List_of_Ship_Flags|Flag]] of ''Dunkerque''. Given to players who purchased a special bundle containing ''Dunkerque''.
 </gallery> </gallery>
  
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?<p></p>+<div class="thumb tright">
 +{{AnnoWiki|content=
 +<h2>''{{#var:ship_name}}'', 1937</h2>
 ===Construction=== ===Construction===
?:Arsenale de Brest, Brest, France<br />+:Arsenale de Brest; Brest, France
?:Laid down: 24 December 1932<br />+:Laid down: 24 December 1932
?:Launched: 02 October 1935<br />+:Launched: 2 October 1935
?:Completed: 09 June 1938+:Commissioned: 1 May 1937
? +----
 ===Specifications=== ===Specifications===
? +:26,500 tons standard displacement
?:26,500 tons standard displacement<br />+:215m length
?:215m length<br />+:31m beam
?:31m beam<br />+:8.7m draft
?:8.7m draft<br />+----
? +
 ====Machinery==== ====Machinery====
? 
 :Six boilers, four turbines :Six boilers, four turbines
? +----
 ====Performance==== ====Performance====
? +:29.5 knots at 112,500 shaft horsepower
?:29.5knts at 112,500shp<br />+:7,500nm range at 15 knots
?:7,500nm range at 15knts+----
? +
 ====Armor==== ====Armor====
? +:Main belt: 225mm
?:Main belt: 225mm<br />+:Bulkheads: 210mm forward; 189mm aft
?:Bulkheads: 210mm forward; 189mm aft<br />+:Decks: 115-125mm main; 40-50mm lower
?:Decks: 115-125mm main; 40-50mm lower<br />+:Barbettes: 310mm
?:Barbettes: 310mm<br />+
 :Turrets: 330mm face, sides; 335-345mm rear; 150mm roof :Turrets: 330mm face, sides; 335-345mm rear; 150mm roof
? +----
 ====Armament==== ====Armament====
? +=====Main=====
?:Eight (2x4) 330mm rifles, sixteen (3x4, 2x2) 130mm rifles. Ten (5x2) 37mm, thirty two (8x4) 13.2mm AA guns+:Eight (2x4) 330mm rifles
? +=====Secondary=====
 +:Sixteen (3x4, 2x2) 130mm rifles
 +=====Anti-aircraft=====
 +:Ten (5x2) 37mm guns
 +:Thirty two (8x4) 13.2mm AA guns
 +----
 ==== Aircraft ==== ==== Aircraft ====
? +:Four (4) Loire 130 floatplanes, one catapult
?:Four Loire 130 floatplanes, one catapult+}}</div>
 +[[File:Dunkerque 01.jpg|none|frame|x350px|link=|''Dunkerque'' at anchor, date and location unknown.]]
  
 === History === === History ===
? 
 ==== Design ==== ==== Design ====
  
?The ''Dunkerque'' class began as an answer to the increasing gap in performance and ability of capital ships available to the French navy in the 1930s. This had come to be because French shipbuilding and war manufacturing priorities had been drastically altered during World War I. Having had to cancel the modern ''Lyon'' class before they had been laid down, even the preceding ''Normandie'' class was suspended, and in fact, construction never resumed due to wartime manufacturing needs, the enormous expense incurred by the war, and consequent reconstruction. This had left France in the possession of the aging ''Bretagne'' class battleships as well as the entirely obsolete ''Danton'' class ships, which were pre-dreadnoughts.+The ''Dunkerque'' class began as an answer to the increasing gap in performance and ability of capital ships available to the French navy in the 1930s. This had come to be because French shipbuilding and war manufacturing priorities had been drastically altered during World War I. Having had to cancel the modern ''Lyon'' class before they had been laid down, even the preceding ''Normandie'' class was suspended, and in fact, construction never resumed due to wartime manufacturing needs, the enormous expense incurred by the war, and consequent reconstruction. This had left France in the possession of the aging ''Bretagne''-class battleships as well as the entirely obsolete ''Danton''-class ships, which were pre-dreadnoughts.
 + 
 The London Naval Treaty made allowance for 70,000 tons of new capital ship construction by France. As expense, lack of necessary slipways, and political realities rendered construction of anything approaching 35,000 tons impossible, smaller ships had to be considered. The first discussions centered on four lighter battlecruisers to counter the new Italian treaty cruisers. As the existing French battleships were considered comparable to their Italian counterparts, the need for new, large battleships was not believed necessary. While the suitability of this proposal was eventually challenged by the construction of the ''Deutschland'' class cruisers in Germany, the preliminary proposal for an all-forward, eight-gun main armament stuck. The London Naval Treaty made allowance for 70,000 tons of new capital ship construction by France. As expense, lack of necessary slipways, and political realities rendered construction of anything approaching 35,000 tons impossible, smaller ships had to be considered. The first discussions centered on four lighter battlecruisers to counter the new Italian treaty cruisers. As the existing French battleships were considered comparable to their Italian counterparts, the need for new, large battleships was not believed necessary. While the suitability of this proposal was eventually challenged by the construction of the ''Deutschland'' class cruisers in Germany, the preliminary proposal for an all-forward, eight-gun main armament stuck.
  
?With the construction of the ''Deutschland'' cruisers, the proposed design shifted to three full, if small, battleships of approximately 23,000 tons. However, they were to retain the higher speed and lighter armament of the battlecruiser proposal. Further iterations on the design saw displacement rise to 26,000 tons with thicker armor, a reduced top speed of 29 knots, and an up-gunned main battery, from 305mm to 330mm. The number of proposed ships was reduced from three to two. This became the basis for the final design of ''Dunkerque'', though the second ship of the class, ''Strasbourg'', would receive significant modifications after the design and construction of the Italian ''Littorio'' class became known.+With the construction of the [[Admiral Graf Spee|''Deutschland'']] cruisers, the proposed design shifted to three full, if small, battleships of approximately 23,000 tons. However, they were to retain the higher speed and lighter armament of the battlecruiser proposal. Further iterations on the design saw displacement rise to 26,000 tons with thicker armor, a reduced top speed of 29 knots, and an up-gunned main battery, from 305mm to 330mm. The number of proposed ships was reduced from three to two. This became the basis for the final design of ''Dunkerque'', though the second ship of the class, ''Strasbourg'', would receive significant modifications after the design and construction of the Italian ''Littorio'' class became known.
  
 ==== Service ==== ==== Service ====
? +''Dunkerque'' began service in April 1936 while still not fully complete. Work remained to be finished on her superstructure and her light anti-aircraft complement had not been installed. She continued sea trials through 1937, and represented France during the coronation review for Britain’s George VI in May. Afterward, she embarked on a series of colonial visits, returning to France in early 1938, at which time she actively joined the fleet as the flagship of the Atlantic Squadron.
?''Dunkerque'' began service in April, 1936 while still not fully complete. Work remained to be finished on her superstructure and her light anti-aircraft complement had not been installed. She continued sea trials through 1937, and represented France during the coronation review for Britain’s George VI in May. Afterward, she embarked on a series of colonial visits, returning to France in early 1938, at which time she actively joined the fleet as the flagship of the Atlantic Squadron.+
  
 In early 1939, ''Dunkerque'' was attached to the Raiding Force, operating as part of a French neutrality patrol and observation force off the Spanish coast during the end of the Spanish Civil War. Based in Brest, ''Dunkerque'' visited Britain and was back in port at the outbreak of World War II. In early 1939, ''Dunkerque'' was attached to the Raiding Force, operating as part of a French neutrality patrol and observation force off the Spanish coast during the end of the Spanish Civil War. Based in Brest, ''Dunkerque'' visited Britain and was back in port at the outbreak of World War II.
  
?''Dunkerque'' spent most of 1939 operating in support of Atlantic convoys or attempting to intercept German raiders, ending in a joint sortie with HMS ''Hood'' at the time ''[[Ship:Scharnhorst|Scharnhorst]]'' and ''[[Ship:Gneisenau|Gneisenau]]'' were also raiding in the North Atlantic. She sustained damage from heavy seas and returned to port for repairs. On 11 December, 1939, ''Dunkerque'' sailed from Brest for Halifax, Nova Scotia, carrying gold to pay for weapons. On her return, she escorted a troop convoy to Britain. Returning to Brest in late December, she underwent refit, repairs, and trials until deployed in April to Mers-el-Kebir with the Raiding Force as a counter to the increasingly belligerent Italy.+''Dunkerque'' spent most of 1939 operating in support of Atlantic convoys or attempting to intercept German raiders, ending in a joint sortie with HMS ''Hood'' at the time ''[[Scharnhorst]]'' and ''[[Gneisenau]]'' were also raiding in the North Atlantic. She sustained damage from heavy seas and returned to port for repairs. On 11 December 1939, ''Dunkerque'' sailed from Brest for Halifax, Nova Scotia, carrying gold to pay for weapons. On her return, she escorted a troop convoy to Britain. Returning to Brest in late December, she underwent refit, repairs, and trials until deployed in April to Mers-el-Kebir, Algeria with the Raiding Force as a counter to the increasingly belligerent Italy.
  
 ''Dunkerque'' stayed less than a week, redeploying back to Brest in support of operations in Norway, but was again sent back to Mers-el-Kébir before April had ended. She sortied several times in attempts to intercept Italian ships, but all proved to be failures. ''Dunkerque'' stayed less than a week, redeploying back to Brest in support of operations in Norway, but was again sent back to Mers-el-Kébir before April had ended. She sortied several times in attempts to intercept Italian ships, but all proved to be failures.
  
?Still in port at Mers-el-Kébir, ''Dunkerque'' was in port when the British launched Operation Catapult. Force H, consisting of several battleships, bombarded the French fleet at Mers-el-Kébir on the 22 of June, 1940, in the belief that crippling or sinking the French ships would keep them out of German hands. ''Dunkerque'' sustained heavy damage. The British, not believing ''Dunkerque'' to have sustained sufficient damage to prevent her use if captured, attacked again, this time with aircraft from HMS ''Ark Royal''. Though sustaining one direct torpedo hit only, two further torpedoes struck auxiliary ships moored alongside, one carrying a load of depth charges. These were detonated by the torpedo strike, causing massive damage, and combined with the direct torpedo strike on ''Dunkerque'' herself, caused sufficient flooding to settle her in the harbor.+Still in port at Mers-el-Kébir, ''Dunkerque'' was in port when the British launched Operation Catapult. Force H, consisting of several battleships, bombarded the French fleet at Mers-el-Kébir on 22 June 1940, in the belief that crippling or sinking the French ships would keep them out of German hands. ''Dunkerque'' sustained heavy damage. The British, not believing ''Dunkerque'' to have sustained sufficient damage to prevent her use if captured, attacked again, this time with aircraft from HMS ''Ark Royal''. Though sustaining one direct torpedo hit only, two further torpedoes struck auxiliary ships moored alongside, one carrying a load of depth charges. These were detonated by the torpedo strike, causing massive damage, and combined with the direct torpedo strike on ''Dunkerque'' herself, caused sufficient flooding to settle her in the harbor.
?''Dunkerque'' was made watertight and floated off the bottom by September of 1940, but repairs, several fires, and consequent delays prevented her from returning to France until January of 1942. Reaching Toulon, ''Dunkerque'' went into drydock two years to the day after the initial attack in Mers-el-Kébir for full repairs. +''Dunkerque'' was made watertight and floated off the bottom by September 1940, but repairs, several fires, and consequent delays prevented her from returning to France until January 1942. Reaching Toulon, ''Dunkerque'' went into drydock two years to the day after the initial attack in Mers-el-Kébir for full repairs.
  
?Still in drydock in November of 1942, the German militarization of Cosmopolitan Vichy France saw an attempt to seize the various ships of the French fleet in dock or at anchor in Toulon. To prevent her falling into German hands, the crew of ''Dunkerque'' scuttled her, detonating charges throughout the ship and setting her afire. She settled in dock, where she remained until 1944, when she was stripped down, her bow removed, and refloated to clear the dock.+Still in drydock in November 1942, the German militarization of Cosmopolitan Vichy France saw an attempt to seize the various ships of the French fleet in dock or at anchor in Toulon. To prevent her falling into German hands, the crew of ''Dunkerque'' scuttled her, detonating charges throughout the ship and setting her afire. She settled in dock, where she remained until 1944, when she was stripped down, her bow removed, and refloated to clear the dock.
  
 ''Dunkerque'' was never repaired. She was sold for scrap in 1958. ''Dunkerque'' was never repaired. She was sold for scrap in 1958.
 +
 +===Historical Inaccuracies===
 +* Turrets are not compartmentalized.
 +* Catapult fighter is the Dewoitine HD.780, a floatplane derivative of the D.520. Only one prototype was built and it never flew or entered service.
 +* ''Dunkerque''’s camouflaged hull resembles the late war British Admiralty Standard paint scheme, which was actually applied to ''[[Richelieu]]'' in 1945. Demounting the premium camouflage will reveal ''Dunkerque''’s historical appearance, but at the cost of the camouflage's bonuses.
 +* Early 1940 overall dark grey 'Atlantic' livery is missing. ''Dunkerque'' was still wearing this paint scheme in February 1942.
 +* The tricolour bands on ''Dunkerque''’s turrets indicate she is in 1942 condition, when she was under Vichy control; the HD.780 catapult fighter was scrapped in 1940 and the British Admiralty Standard paint scheme was only painted on French ships that sided with the Allies.
  
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?File:Dunkerque-1.jpg|''Dunkerque'' in un-dated, pre-war photo+File:Dunkerque-1.jpg|''Dunkerque'' in un-dated, pre-war photo.
?File:Dunkerque-206a4020.jpg|Line drawing of ''Dunkerque''+File:Dunkerque-206a4020.jpg|U.S. Navy Office of Naval Intelligence drawing of ''Dunkerque''.
?File:Dunkerquespit.jpg|''Dunkerque'' at Spithead for the coronation of King George VI, 1937+File:Dunkerque_inboard_profile.png|Inboard profile of ''Dunkerque''.
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 +File:Dunkerquespit.jpg|''Dunkerque'' at Spithead for the coronation of King George VI, 1937.
 +File:Dunkerque-firth-of-forth.jpg|''Dunkerque'' in the Firth of Forth, Scotland, circa 1939.
 +File:Dunkerque_at_Mers-el-Kabir.jpg|''Dunkerque'' seen from atop the Mers-el-Kebir fortress in July 1940 (foreground) with sister ship ''Strasbourg'' alongside (background). The funnels have been painted to allow the ships to be easily distinguished from each other: one stripe for ''Dunkerque'', two for ''Strasbourg''.
 +File:004-battleship-dunkerque.jpg|''Dunkerque'' anchored at Mers-el-Kébir, Algeria, July 1940. ''Dunkerque'' is the nearest ship, with the ''Bretagne''-class battleship ''Provence'' to her port side, followed by ''Dunkerque'''s sister-ship ''Strasbourg'', battleship ''Bretagne'' and seaplane tender ''Commandant Teste''.
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Dunkerque
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Battleship | France | Tier VI
Tech Tree Position
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General
Purchase pricepromo  Doubloons
Hit Points52,600 
Main Battery
330 mm/52 2 х 4 pcs.
Rate of Fire2.31 shots/min.
Reload Time26 sec.
Rotation Speeddeg./sec.
180 Degree Turn Time36 sec.
Firing Range18.21 km.
Maximum Dispersion244 m.
HE Shell330 mm HE OEA Mle 1935 
Maximum HE Shell Damage4,800 
Chance of Fire on Target Caused by HE Shell35 %
Initial HE Shell Velocity885 m./s.
HE Shell Weight552 kg.
AP Shell330 mm AP OPfK Mle 1935 
Maximum AP Shell Damage9,700 
Initial AP Shell Velocity870 m./s.
AP Shell Weight560 kg.
Secondary Armament #1
130 mm/45 Mle 19322 х 4 pcs.
Firing Rangekm.
Rate of Fire12 shots/min.
Reload Timesec.
HE Shell130 mm HE OEA Mle 1934 
Maximum HE Shell Damage1,900 
Initial HE Shell Velocity840 m./s.
Chance of Fire on Target Caused by HE Shel%
Secondary Armament #2
130 mm/45 Mle 19322 х 2 pcs.
Firing Rangekm.
Rate of Fire12 shots/min.
Reload Timesec.
HE Shell130 mm HE OEA Mle 1934 
Maximum HE Shell Damage1,900 
Initial HE Shell Velocity840 m./s.
Chance of Fire on Target Caused by HE Shel%
Secondary Armament #3
130 mm/45 Mle 19321 х 4 pcs.
Firing Rangekm.
Rate of Fire12 shots/min.
Reload Timesec.
HE Shell130 mm HE OEA Mle 1934 
Maximum HE Shell Damage1,900 
Initial HE Shell Velocity840 m./s.
Chance of Fire on Target Caused by HE Shel%
AA Defense
13.2 mm/76 CAQ Mle 19298 х 4 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second40 
. . . Firing Range1.2 km.
37 mm/50 Mle 19335 х 2 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second11.5 
. . . Firing Rangekm.
130 mm/45 Mle 19322 х 4 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second24.4 
. . . Firing Range5.19 km.
130 mm/45 Mle 19322 х 2 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second17.2 
. . . Firing Range5.19 km.
130 mm/45 Mle 19321 х 4 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second12.2 
. . . Firing Range5.19 km.
Maneuverability
Maximum Speed29.5 knot
Turning Circle Radius730 m.
Rudder Shift Time14 sec.
Concealment
Surface Detectability Range16.92 km.
Air Detectability Range9.58 km.
Battle Levels
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Dunkerque — French promo premium Tier VI battleship.

A high-speed battlecruiser designed to counter German heavy cruisers. The ship had good torpedo protection, carried numerous dual-purpose guns and had powerful horizontal armor. Her main turrets were placed in the fore end thus making any aft firing scenarios impossible.

Dunkerque first went on sale on 22 August 2016 on the NA servers, and on 28 August 2016 on the EU servers.

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)
330 mm/52

St. Chamond Mle

1932
2.3362444,800359,700 00
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)
Dunkerque52,6001634022/35/8/2/30 00
Gun Fire Control System Firing Range Increase
(%)
Maximum Firing Range
(km)
Research price
(exp)
Purchase price
(Credits)
PCA Mle 1940018.2 00
Engine Maximum Speed
(knot)
Research price
(exp)
Purchase price
(Credits)
Propulsion: 107,000 hp29.5 00

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

Player Opinion

Performance

Dunkerque is unique from the other Tier VI battleships with her high top speed and entirely forward-facing armament. She plays extremely similar to North Carolina, Iowa, Nelson, or Izumo in that she is very durable when bow on, but has weak armor when broadside. Be careful to avoid close quarter brawl or static bow-on battle with other battleships early in the game as a well placed salvo can disable one or even both of her turrets.

Her guns have a high muzzle velocity with fast shell travel time, but dispersion can be annoying at times. She is good at killing destroyers and cruisers, but will struggle against a well-angled battleship in much the same way as Scharnhorst does. However, she can outrun equal tier battleships, so smart captains maximize her speed to decline unfavorable engagements, support their teams in killing enemy cruisers, and punish battleships who make positional mistakes.


Pros:

  • Turret layout means bow-on brings all eight guns to bear on a target.
  • Armor is very likely to bounce 14-inch (and below) armor-piercing rounds, due to overmatch mechanics.
  • Best-in-tier turret traverse speed.
  • Good shell velocity.
  • Excellent main battery range (second only to Fuso at Tier VI).
  • Secondaries are concentrated in the back which can defend her from a destroyer who sneaks up from behind.
  • Outstanding speed. Dunkerque is the fastest Tier VI battleship in the game.
  • Rudder shift is insanely fast for a battleship, can be boosted by Steering Gears Modification 2 to be even faster.
  • An excellent main battery reload time of just 26 seconds

Cons:

  • Large profile ensures most incoming rounds will find something to hit.
  • With only two turrets, turret incapacitation or destruction is her worst nightmare.
  • Turning is rather slow, especially due to her turn radius.
  • Below average torpedo protection; every torpedo that hits home will hit hard and her size means avoiding them is challenging.
  • Underwhelming AA suite leaves her highly vulnerable to enemy aircraft.
  • Orientation of secondary batteries limits their usefulness in close-quarters situations from the front.
  • 15-inch guns (380mm) such as those on Warspite can overmatch her frontal armor, leading to possible citadel hits when bow-on to certain enemies.
  • As with most battleships of her tier, fires are a serious threat to her.
  • Opposing light cruisers with the Inertia Fuse for HE Shells skill are an above-average threat due to the extent of her 25mm armor plating.

Research

As a premium ship, Dunkerque doesn't have any upgrades to research.

Optimal Configuration

Upgrades

The recommended upgrades for Dunkerque are as follows:


Upgrade Slot 3 gives players a choice between mounting AA Guns Modification 1 to slightly increase the power of the AA armament, and Aiming Systems Modification 1 (-7% to maximum dispersion of main battery shells. / +20% to torpedo tubes traverse speed. / +5% to secondary battery maximum firing range. / -5% to maximum dispersion of secondary shells.) to reduce shell dispersion and boost the effectiveness of the secondary armament.

Commander Skills

With all of her firepower in two turret modules, Level 1's Preventative Maintenance is highly recommended in order to increase the survivability of her main battery and reduce instances of potentially catastrophic turret destruction. Other key skills for Dunkerque commanders include High Alert, Basics of Survivability, and Advanced Firing Training. Fire Prevention is worth the points as well, given the size of her superstructure and how many cruisers captains at Tier VI fire nothing but high explosive rounds.

Consumables

Dunkerque can equip the following consumables:

As with most battleships, captains are encouraged to invest credits (or doubloons) into Damage Control Party II (When activated, instantly repairs fires, floods, and incapacitations, and prevents more for the duration.) and Repair Party II (While active, restores a fixed percentage of a ship's hit points each second.) in order to maximize their survivability.

Camouflage

As a premium ship, Dunkerque comes included with Type 10 camouflage that lowers her detection radius, reduces the accuracy of incoming shells, and increases the amount of experience she earns.

Dunkerque also has a alternate Premium camouflage called "Fleur d'acier" that was rewarded from the missions "The Colors Of Dunkerque" and/or "Flower of Steel".

Signals

Combat signals that increase her durability are must-haves for Dunkerque: India Delta (+20% to the amount of HP recovered when the Repair Party consumable is used.) and India Yankee (-20% to fire duration.) are highly recommended, and Juliet Yankee Bissotwo (-20% to flooding duration.) is not a bad idea, either. November Echo Setteseven (+5% continuous damage by all AA guns, +5% damage per second within the explosion radius of shells fired from medium- and long-range AA defenses.) can help shore up her naturally weak anti-aircraft armament, especially when paired with the Basic Firing Training commander skill.

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Historical Info

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