British Battleships Recap

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British battleships are the masters of combat at average range. Their primary objectives are hunting enemy cruisers and duels with battleships.

The first several ships of the branch (Tier III - VI) are aggressive warriors capable of absorbing much damage and pushing through flanks. This is possible thanks to strong bow armour and the improved Repair Party.

At higher tiers (Tier VII - X), pressure and aggression give way to more flexible combat tactics. These Brits have an unexpected ace up their sleeve: relatively good concealment for their ship type. Approach an adversary undetected at a convenient distance and, after carefully aiming, unleash your firepower. This will surely have an effect on both the survivability and morale of your enemy.


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British Battleships Branch

 

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Tier III—HMS Bellerophon: The Slayer of Monsters

The first ship in our branch is the Tier III battleship HMS Bellerophon. The ship was named after a hero in Greek mythology, who killed the Chimera and rode the legendary winged stallion Pegasus — and it wears this name rightfully.


Bellerophon is a heavily-armoured dreadnought with all the strengths and shortcomings inherent to the class.

It is ideally suited to deter enemy onslaught and push through the flanks. Reliable armour allows it to absorb a lot of damage, while its powerful armament breaks through enemy opposition.

Specifications

10 guns with a calibre of 305 mm, and an effective range of 15.05 km (13.68 km in the stock configuration). The rate of fire is 2 rounds per minute.


Survivability: 38,100 Hit Points (33,400 in the stock configuration). Surface detectability range: 13.68 km.


Maximum speed: 22.5 knots (20.36 knots in the stock configuration). Turning circle radius: 560 m. Rudder shift time: 11.7 seconds (16.3 seconds in the stock configuration).


Primary Targets

Preferable Game Tactics

  • Absorbing damage and pushing through flanks.
  • Destroying enemy battleships and cruisers at close and medium range.

Errors in Battle

  • Being focused by several enemies at once.
  • Turning your side towards an enemy battleship.

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Tier IV - HMS Orion: A super-dreadnought in service of the Crown

The Tier IV battleship Orion was the first "super-dreadnought" battleship in the world to carry 13.5-inch guns. In World of Warships, the ship is by no means less powerful. In terms of caliber and damage from AP shells, at her tier she is inferior only to the Japanese warship Myogi. And that comes alongside HE shells with the enhanced armor-piercing capability and increased damage typical of U.K. battleships.


Orion's main guns have a rather big dispersion, making the ship better suited for squaring off in mid- to close-range situations.

Orion is good for defense and attack alike. With decent armor, particularly in her fore end, the ship effectively soaks up damage and fends off attacks while causing heavy damage to enemy ships. It’s important to keep a close eye on the tactical situation and never expose the ship's sides to enemy fire - a rule of thumb for every battleship captain.

Specifications

10 guns with a calibre of 343 mm, and an effective range of 16.7 km (15.18 km in the stock configuration). Reload time: 30 seconds.


Survivability: 42,700 Hit Points (38,600 in the stock configuration). Surface detectability range: 14.4 km.


Maximum speed: 22 knots (19.8 knots in the stock configuration). Turning circle radius: 610 m. Rudder shift time: 12.5 seconds (17.5 seconds in the stock configuration).


Primary Targets

Preferable Game Tactics

  • Absorbing damage and pushing through flanks.
  • Destroying enemy battleships and cruisers at close and medium range.

Errors in Battle

  • Being focused by several enemies at once.
  • Turning your side towards an enemy battleship.
  • Don't let any destroyer get close enough to mount a torpedo attack.

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Tier V - HMS Iron Duke: Duke of the Royal Navy

The battleship Iron Duke is most known for her involvement in the Battle of Jutland, in which she served as the flagship of the legendary Admiral John Jellicoe. Her formidable name she got in honor of the popular nickname of another military figure, Lord Wellington.


In World of Warships, the Iron Duke has kept the main features of her predecessor in the branch - the armour, the number and the calibre of the artillery, but at the same time significantly enhanced the armament of the secondary battery. Needless to say, the improved artillery of the secondary battery will provide invaluable assistance in close combat with enemy destroyers.

Like other battleships of the branch, the Iron Duke is most effective in medium range battles.

Specifications

10 guns of 343 mm calibre. Range of fire - 16.8 km (in stock - up to 15.27 km), reloading time - 30 seconds.


HP reserve - 47 100 points (in stock - 41 200 point). Detectability range from ships - 14,94 km.


Maximum speed - 22,5 knots (in stock - 20,9 kt). Turn radius - 650 meters. Rudder shift time - 13,2 seconds (18,5 seconds).


Primary Targets

Preferable Game Tactics

  • Curbing the enemy team attacks and pushing directions on the map.
  • Killing heavy enemy ships: battleships and cruisers.

Errors in Battle

  • Opening the side to the guns during battle with an enemy battleship.
  • Getting under a concentrated fire of several enemy ships.

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Tier VI —HMS Queen Elizabeth: Her Royal Highness

Many historians consider HMS Queen Elizabeth to be the best battleship of World War I. In World of Warships, this renowned battleship has all the qualifications to back up her reputation... namely, 381mm main guns, heavy armour, and enhanced HE shells that she shares with other ships of British branch.


Queen Elizabeth is played similarly to battleships of preceding tiers. Standard tactics involve soaking up damage by taking advantage of her heavily armoured fore end, and also destroying large enemy ships with main battery fire.

Specifications

8 set of 381 mm guns, and an effective range of 17.15 km (15.59 km in the stock configuration). Reload time: 30 seconds.


Survivability: 55,300 Hit Points (53,100 in the stock configuration). Surface detectability range: 14.4 km.


Maximum speed: 23.5 knots (22.33 knots in the stock configuration). Turning circle radius: 680 m. Rudder shift time: 14.3 seconds (20.1 seconds in the stock configuration)./p>


Primary Targets

Preferable Game Tactics

  • Absorbing damage and pushing through flanks.
  • Destroying enemy battleships and cruisers at close-to-medium range.

Errors in Battle

  • Being focused on by several enemies at once.
  • Turning your side towards an enemy battleship.

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British Navy in History

Great Britain is justly considered one of the world's leading naval powers. Its navy has an imposing list of victories and achievements:

  • 1588
  • 1805
  • 1901
  • 1906
  • 1916
  • 1940
  • 1588

    Battle against the Spanish Armada

    Having defeated the pride of the Spanish Empire, the Invincible Armada, Great Britain became the Mistress of the Seas for many years to come.
  • 1805

    Battle of Trafalgar

    This decisive naval battle of the Napoleonic Wars resulted in an overwhelming triumph for the British fleet, led by Vice-Admiral Horatio Nelson. The entire French-Spanish fleet was either captured or destroyed during the battle. Britain didn't lose a single ship.
  • 1901

    Admiral John Arbuthnot Fisher

    This British admiral is known for his great contribution to the development of the Royal Navy. Fisher created the concept for construction and combat application of dreadnoughts and battle cruisers, and he also encouraged the development of submarines and aircraft carriers.
  • 1906

    HMS Dreadnought

    The dreadnought, a new class of ship, revolutionised naval power and almost immediately made all foreign fleets obsolete. HMS Dreadnought had main battery guns of uniform calibre (based on the concept of an all-big-gun battleship) and was powered by steam turbines, which made her far ahead of any ship of the time.
  • 1916

    Battle of Jutland

    This was the largest engagement between battleships in naval history. The battle was fought between Britain's Grand Fleet and Germany's High Seas Fleet. Though the British sustained heavy losses, Germany failed to break the naval blockade and was forced to avoid active naval actions until the very end of the war.
  • 1940

    Battle of Taranto

    A raid by British carrier-launched aircraft on an Italian military base in Taranto that happened during World War II. This attack was the first example of how carrier aviation could be successfully used against heavy ships in a protected harbour, and helped to shape views on combat application of naval air forces.