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 ===History=== ===History===
 ====Design==== ====Design====
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 The Kriegsmarine in 1936 intended to follow up two further heavy cruisers after the three that were under construction. However, in order to not provoke the British it was decided to disguise these ships as light cruisers, by equipping them with an armament of twelve 150mm guns instead of eight 203mm guns, similar to how the Japanese disguised the Mogami class as light cruisers. The Kriegsmarine in 1936 intended to follow up two further heavy cruisers after the three that were under construction. However, in order to not provoke the British it was decided to disguise these ships as light cruisers, by equipping them with an armament of twelve 150mm guns instead of eight 203mm guns, similar to how the Japanese disguised the Mogami class as light cruisers.
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 At a length of 212.5m and a width of 21.9m, with a draft ranging between 6.9 and 7.9m, these ships were to displace more than the earlier classes. The standard displacement was 13,581 tons, however at full load this would raise up to 19,533 tons. Crew complement was intended to be 1,409 men. At a length of 212.5m and a width of 21.9m, with a draft ranging between 6.9 and 7.9m, these ships were to displace more than the earlier classes. The standard displacement was 13,581 tons, however at full load this would raise up to 19,533 tons. Crew complement was intended to be 1,409 men.
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 The main armament was to consist of four turrets, each housing three 150mm L/55 C/28 guns. With a maximum rate of fire of eight rounds per minute these guns would fire a 44.7-45.5kg heavy shell at ranges up to 23km. The secondary armament was copied from the Admiral-Hipper class with twelve 105mm L/65 C/33 guns, distributed equally into six triaxially stabilized mountings. However, unlike the preceding classes, these were to be the more modern C/37 mountings. The initial AA outfit saw twelve 37mm C/30 guns in six twin mounts as well as eight 20mm automatic guns for close range defense. Twelve torpedo tubes in four mountings would provide the torpedo armament. The main armament was to consist of four turrets, each housing three 150mm L/55 C/28 guns. With a maximum rate of fire of eight rounds per minute these guns would fire a 44.7-45.5kg heavy shell at ranges up to 23km. The secondary armament was copied from the Admiral-Hipper class with twelve 105mm L/65 C/33 guns, distributed equally into six triaxially stabilized mountings. However, unlike the preceding classes, these were to be the more modern C/37 mountings. The initial AA outfit saw twelve 37mm C/30 guns in six twin mounts as well as eight 20mm automatic guns for close range defense. Twelve torpedo tubes in four mountings would provide the torpedo armament.
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 The machinery differed from the earlier cruisers. The number of boilers was reduced from twelve to nine, with three in each boiler room. Three Wagner-Deschimag turbine sets were to generate up to 132,000shp for a maximum speed of 32kn. Furthermore, the propulsion was redesigned in the hopes of extending the cruising range. The intended cruising range was to be 6,100nm at a speed of 15kn. The machinery differed from the earlier cruisers. The number of boilers was reduced from twelve to nine, with three in each boiler room. Three Wagner-Deschimag turbine sets were to generate up to 132,000shp for a maximum speed of 32kn. Furthermore, the propulsion was redesigned in the hopes of extending the cruising range. The intended cruising range was to be 6,100nm at a speed of 15kn.
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 The armor was not changed compared to the Admiral-Hipper class. The main belt, inclined by 12.5°, had a thickness of 80mm and covered the entire length between the barbettes of A- and D-turret. Behind it followed a 30mm turtleback, with the thickness of the main armored deck being identical except for a few spaces above the magazines which were reinforced to 40mm thickness. The main belt was extended towards the bow, however it was thinner with 40mm which eventually was reduced further to 20mm at the bow. Likewise the belt extended towards the aft end of the ship, covering the steering gears with a thickness of 70mm. The barbettes for the main armament were protected by 80mm of armor. The protection of the turrets can only be estimated but they would most likely enjoy relatively heavy protection as the 150mm triple turrets were designed to match the 203mm twin turrets in both weight and barbette diameter. The conning tower had up to 150mm armor. The armor was not changed compared to the Admiral-Hipper class. The main belt, inclined by 12.5°, had a thickness of 80mm and covered the entire length between the barbettes of A- and D-turret. Behind it followed a 30mm turtleback, with the thickness of the main armored deck being identical except for a few spaces above the magazines which were reinforced to 40mm thickness. The main belt was extended towards the bow, however it was thinner with 40mm which eventually was reduced further to 20mm at the bow. Likewise the belt extended towards the aft end of the ship, covering the steering gears with a thickness of 70mm. The barbettes for the main armament were protected by 80mm of armor. The protection of the turrets can only be estimated but they would most likely enjoy relatively heavy protection as the 150mm triple turrets were designed to match the 203mm twin turrets in both weight and barbette diameter. The conning tower had up to 150mm armor.
 Aviation facilities included two catapults and a hangar for a total aircraft capacity of three floatplanes. Aviation facilities included two catapults and a hangar for a total aircraft capacity of three floatplanes.
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 ====Service==== ====Service====
? +While two ships of this class, cruiser K and cruiser L, Seydlitz and Lützow respectively, were laid down, in both cases it was decided to arm them with 203mm guns before the 150mm armament had a chance to be installed. Thus both received the heavy cruiser armament from the get-go, although four 150mm triple turrets would remain under construction until 1941, however at low priority.
?Two ships, cruiser K and cruiser L, were laid down. These were later named to be Seydlitz and Lützow, repsectively. However, before any main armament could be installed it was already decided to proceed with the plan to rearm the ships with 203mm main guns, and they would receive the heavy cruiser weaponry as soon as they were ready. +===Historical inaccuracies===
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?Seydlitz was in the stage of being fitted out when shortly before her completion it was decided to convert her into an aircraft carrier. Large parts of her structure, as well as the entire armament, were removed again. However, the project could not be completed before the war would end.+
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?Lützow was sold to the USSR on February 11th 1940, and was towed to a Soviet port two months later as her machinery was not operational at that point. At this stage only one of her four turrets had been completed. She was there renamed to Petrapavlovsk. During following works conducted by German workers, which were purposefully delayed, another turret was completed and a third under construction on-board when the German command ordered the workers back in preparation for the German invasion.+
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 * The in-game ship carries the same turrets and guns from the light cruiser Nürnberg. However, the Kriegsmarine intended to develop new turrets that were to match the weight and barbette diameter of the larger 203mm twin, using the newer 150mm L/55 C/28 gun, not the older 150mm L/60 C/25 one. Nürnberg’s turrets as they are are more than 100 tons too light. * The in-game ship carries the same turrets and guns from the light cruiser Nürnberg. However, the Kriegsmarine intended to develop new turrets that were to match the weight and barbette diameter of the larger 203mm twin, using the newer 150mm L/55 C/28 gun, not the older 150mm L/60 C/25 one. Nürnberg’s turrets as they are are more than 100 tons too light.
 * The turtleback was identical in thickness to the Admiral-Hipper class, with a thickness of 30mm. In-game Mainz has a 40mm turtleback. Furthermore, the 40mm belt extension thins down at the bow to half its thickness. This is absent on the in-game model. * The turtleback was identical in thickness to the Admiral-Hipper class, with a thickness of 30mm. In-game Mainz has a 40mm turtleback. Furthermore, the 40mm belt extension thins down at the bow to half its thickness. This is absent on the in-game model.
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 * Mainz carries seven target selectors for the heavy AA armament, while at the same time only having four AA fire directors which could receive the orders from these selectors. * Mainz carries seven target selectors for the heavy AA armament, while at the same time only having four AA fire directors which could receive the orders from these selectors.
 * The Admiral-Hipper class carried eight sub-caliber 88mm guns which could be inserted into the main guns in order to prevent barrel wear during gunnery exercises. When not in use these would be stored on deck in long cylindrical boxes. Mainz also carries these eight boxes, yet has twelve main guns.  * The Admiral-Hipper class carried eight sub-caliber 88mm guns which could be inserted into the main guns in order to prevent barrel wear during gunnery exercises. When not in use these would be stored on deck in long cylindrical boxes. Mainz also carries these eight boxes, yet has twelve main guns.
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Mainz
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Cruiser | Germany | Tier VIII
Tech Tree Position
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General
Purchase pricepromo Doubloons
Hit Points42,500 
Main Battery
150 mm L/60 SK C/254 х 3 pcs.
Rate of Fire10 shots/min.
Reload Timesec.
Rotation Speed7.6 deg./sec.
180 Degree Turn Time23.68 sec.
Firing Range17.52 km.
Maximum Dispersion153 m.
HE Shell150 mm Spr.Gr. L/4.4 Kz. Mod.1 
Maximum HE Shell Damage1,700 
Chance of Fire on Target Caused by HE Shell%
Initial HE Shell Velocity960 m./s.
HE Shell Weight45.5 kg.
AP Shell150 mm P.Spr.Gr. L/3.7 Mod.1 
Maximum AP Shell Damage3,900 
Initial AP Shell Velocity960 m./s.
AP Shell Weight45.5 kg.
Secondary Armament #1
105 mm L/65 Dop. L. C/316 х 2 pcs.
Firing Rangekm.
Rate of Fire17.91 shots/min.
Reload Time3.35 sec.
HE Shell105 mm Spr.Gr. Kz. 
Maximum HE Shell Damage1,200 
Initial HE Shell Velocity900 m./s.
Chance of Fire on Target Caused by HE Shel%
Torpedo Tubes
533 mm Vierling4 х 4 pcs.
Rate of Fire0.67 shots/min.
Reload Time90 sec.
Rotation Speed25 deg./sec.
180 Degree Turn Time7.2 sec.
TorpedoG7a T1 
Maximum Damage13,700 
Torpedo Speed64 knot
Torpedo Rangekm.
AA Defense
20 mm Flakvierling 3812 х 4 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second72 
. . . Firing Range2.01 km.
37 mm Flak LM/4218 х 2 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second185.4 
. . . Firing Range3.51 km.
105 mm L/65 Dop. L. C/316 х 2 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second99.6 
. . . Firing Range4.5 km.
Maneuverability
Maximum Speed32 knot
Turning Circle Radius720 m.
Rudder Shift Time10.5 sec.
Concealment
Surface Detectability Range15.3 km.
Air Detectability Range7.5 km.
Battle Levels
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Mainz — German promo premium Tier VIII cruiser.

The project of a cruiser with 150 mm guns (cruiser K), which was developed in the mid-1930s on the basis of the Admiral Hipper-class ships, shortly after the construction of the latter began. She combined the rapid-fire battery of light cruisers with the survivability of heavy ones.

Modules

Main Battery Guns 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)
150 mm/60 SK C/25 on a Drh Tr C/25 mount1023.681531,70083,900 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)
Mainz42,50013150466/18/1240 00
Torpedoes Rate of Fire
(shots/min)
Torpedo Tubes Reload Time
(sec)
180° Turn Time
(sec)
Maximum Damage
(HP)
Torpedo Speed
(knot)
Torpedo Range
(km)
Research price
(exp)
Purchase price
( Credits)
G7a T10.7907.213,700646 00
Fire Control System Firing Range Increase
(%)
Maximum Firing Range
(km)
Research price
(exp)
Purchase price
( Credits)
FKS Typ 8 Mod. 1017.5 00
Engine Maximum Speed
(knot)
Research price
(exp)
Purchase price
( Credits)
Propulsion: 132,000 hp32 00

Compatible Upgrades

 Slot 1  Main Armaments Modification 1 Auxiliary Armaments Modification 1 Magazine Modification 1 Damage Control Party Modification 1
 Slot 2  Damage Control System Modification 1 Defensive AA Fire Modification 1 Hydroacoustic Search Modification 1 Engine Room Protection
 Slot 3  Main Battery Modification 2 Secondary Battery Modification 1 AA Guns Modification 1 Aiming Systems Modification 1 Torpedo Tubes Modification 1
 Slot 4  Damage Control System Modification 2 Propulsion Modification 1 Steering Gears Modification 1
 Slot 5  Torpedo Lookout System Concealment System Modification 1 Steering Gears Modification 2 Ship Consumables Modification 1

Player Opinion


Pros:

  • Great AA suite for her tier
  • Strong AP shells can punish unaware enemies
  • Fast firing guns with a 7.5 second reload (6 seconds currently being tested)
  • Improved HE pen allows captains to forgo IFHE

Cons:

  • Lacks a heal
  • Lightly armored turrets can be knocked out easily
  • Weaker armor scheme than her same tier German counterparts
  • HE shells have a very low fire chance

Optimal Configuration


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