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Denmark WW2 Cruiser Niels Juel

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HDMS Niels Juel was a training ship built for the Royal Danish Navy between 1914 and 1923. Originally designed before World War I as a monitor, construction was slowed by the war and she was redesigned as a training cruiser. Completed in 1923 she made training cruises to the Black and Mediterranean Seas, South America and numerous shorter visits to ports in northern Europe. The ship often served as a flagship and occasionally was used as a royal yacht for visits to overseas possessions and other countries. Niels Juel was extensively modernized in the mid-1930s and remained operational after Nazi Germany occupied Denmark in 1940. When the Germans attempted to seize the Danish Fleet in August 1943, the ship attempted to escape to Sweden, but was attacked and damaged by German bombers. She was deliberately run aground by her crew to deny the ship to the Germans, but Niels Juel was not badly damaged. The ship was refloated several months later and repaired by the Germans. They renamed her Nordland and used her as a training ship. She was scuttled by them in May 1945 and her wreck was salvaged in 1952.




Niels Juel was originally intended to be an improved version of Peder Skram, a Herluf Trolle-class coastal defence ship. Like that class, she had a very low freeboard, and was intended to be armed with two 30.5-centimeter (12 in) guns in single gun turrets fore and aft of the superstructure and a secondary armament of eight 10.5-centimeter (4.1 in) guns. The Danes ordered the main guns and their turrets from Krupp of Germany in July, a month before the start of World War I, but the order was suspended when the war began. After being laid down in September 1914, construction of the ship was severely delayed by shortages of labor and material and she was not launched until 1918. Reports from battles between the British and the Germans caused the Danes to change her secondary armament to 120-millimeter (4.7 in) guns in 1917, but work stopped completely when the war ended on 11 November 1918. Danish politicians believed that the 30.5-centimeter guns could be viewed as provocative by their neighbors and they decided to convert the ship into an innocuous training ship by adding an extra deck to the existing hull and changing the main armament to 15-centimeter (5.9 in) guns. The new design was approved in 1920 and the ship was completed in 1923.


Tier III Premium Cruiser Niels Juel




Hitpoints: 19 100





10 × 1 150 mm (5.9 in) guns

Reload TIme: 8.0 s


180 Turn Time: 18.0 s


Maximum Dispersion: 106 m 


Maximum HE Shell Damage: 1400 


Chance Of HE Shells Causing A Fire On Target: 7.0


HE Shell Armor Penetration Capacity: 17 mm


Maximum AP Shell Damage: 2800


Main Battery Firing Range: 10.8





2 × 57 mm (2.2 in) AA guns


Mid-Range AA guns

AA Reinforcement: 25 %


Sector Reinforcement time: 10 s


Sector Reinforcement shift time: 10 s





Maximum Speed: 14.5 knots


Turning Circle Radius: 510


Rudder Shift Time: 7.7 s





Detectability Range By Sea: 10.2 km


Detectability Range By Air: 4.0 km


Assured Detectability Range: 2.0 km


Detectability After Firing Main Guns in Smoke: 4.6 km 





Belt: 155–195 mm (6.1–7.7 in)


Deck: 55 mm (2.2 in)


Conning tower: 170 mm (6.7 in)




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