Lorraine 155 Mle.50
The Lorraine automoteur de 155 mm modèle 1950 (shortened as Lorraine 155 Mle.50) is a premium gift rank III French tank destroyer with a battle rating of 4.3 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.77 "Advancing Storm" as a reward during the 2018 WW2 Chronicles.
Survivability and armour
The Lorraine 155 Mle.50 has very little armour (although some are sloped enough to deflect certain low-calibre rounds), and can generally be penetrated by most guns of its rank. Even worse, however, the 'casemate' (if it can even be called that) has very little armour, and in some places can be shot through with machine guns. The machine-gunner (operating the 20 mm gun) is completely standing in the open. Generally, you want to rely on good map placement and mobility, rather than armour.
- Rolled homogeneous armour (hull, superstructure)
- Wheel (tires)
- Structural steel (gun mount, gun breech, mudguards)
|Armour||Front (Slope angle)||Sides||Rear||Roof|
|Hull|| 16 mm (70°) Upper glacis - Top
16 mm (60°) Upper glacis - Bottom
16 mm (cylindrical) Transmission housing
16 mm (73°) Lower glacis - Centre
20 mm (31°) Lower glacis - Sides
|16 mm|| 10 mm Upper plate
10 mm (42°) Lower glacis
| 16 mm (20°) Front glacis |
10 mm Centre & Rear
10+10 mm Radiator vent covers
|Superstructure|| 16 mm (21°) Front glacis
10 mm (cylindrical) Gun shield
| 16 mm (30°)
16 mm (21-48°) Left ammo rack bulge
|10 mm Sides||10 mm|
|Cupola||N/A||10 mm (cylindrical)||N/A|
- Suspension wheels are 10 mm thick while tracks, sprocket wheels, torsion bars, and return rollers are 20 mm thick.
- Belly armour is 10 mm thick.
- Gun breech is 150 mm thick, while the barrel itself is 25 mm.
- Gun carriage around the gun is 20 mm thick, while the gun mount/traverse device is 40 mm thick.
|Game Mode||Max Speed (km/h)||Weight (tons)||Engine power (horsepower)||Power-to-weight ratio (hp/ton)|
Modifications and economy
|155 mm L'Obusier de 155 Modèle 1950||Turret rotation speed (°/s)||Reloading rate (seconds)|
|Ammunition|| Type of
|Penetration @ 0° Angle of Attack (mm)|
|10 m||100 m||500 m||1,000 m||1,500 m||2,000 m|
|Ammunition|| Type of
| Fuse delay
| Fuse sensitivity
| Explosive mass
(TNT equivalent) (kg)
|Smoke shell characteristics|
| Screen radius
| Screen deploy
| Screen hold
| Explosive mass|
(TNT equivalent) (g)
|30||29 (+1)||27 (+3)||23 (+7)||18 (+12)||15 (+15)||9 (+21)||6 (+24)||1 (+29)||Yes|
- Projectiles and propellant charges are modeled individually and disappear after having been shot or loaded.
- The visual discrepancy concerns the total number of shells as well as the number of shells per rack:
- 28 shells are modeled but you can pack 30 shells.
- Rack 8 is modeled as 3 shells but contains 5 shells.
- Recommended loadout: 9 (+21) shells. It keeps most ammunition in the floor and out of sponsons.
|20 mm MG 151|
|Mount||Capacity (Belt)||Fire rate||Vertical||Horizontal|
|Roof cupola||500 (250)||701||-8°/+45°||±180°|
The roof-mounted MG 151 autocannon is very good at knocking out tracks, punching through lightly armoured vehicles and shooting down low-flying aircraft. Use it sparsely because of its low ammo count. When losing a crew member, the machine gunner is used to replace other crew members, meaning that you can't use the 20 mm cannon anymore.
Usage in battles
The best method of using the large-calibre weapon on the Lorraine is to exploit the high-explosive power against thin-armour on the enemy. Like other large calibre HE tanks, shooting below an enemy vehicle will penetrate its belly armour. This is an effective, albeit difficult way to engage tanks whose armour is greater than what your HE shell can penetrate.
Some targets to keep in mind of, and their weak points:
- Tiger I - While seemingly a hard enemy to face, the Tiger is easily dispatched with a side shot. A hit to the roadwheels will penetrate the tank, with the shell fragments going through the thin armour on the underside of the tank's sponson. This is also possible to do to Tiger IIs, but usually results in much less damage done.
- Tiger II P, Panthers D and A - a hit to the bottom of the curved turret face of these tanks will cause the HE shell to penetrate the roof of the vehicle. This can also be done on tanks with flat turret fronts ( Tiger I, Tiger II H, Panthers G and F) by aiming for the lower half of the turret, but is not as reliable.
Pros and cons
- Powerful 155 mm gun with a HE shell on-par with the KV-2's gun
- Pintle-mounted 20 mm cannon that is deadly to lightly-armoured vehicles and aircraft
- Decent mobility
- Good reverse speed
- Thin armour with an open casemate, allows even rifle-calibre rounds to affect the crew
- Despite thin armour, it's thick enough to trigger most fuses in APHE shells
- Large profile
- Long reload time; increases if the loader is taken out
- If the machine-gunner is knocked out, so is the ability to use the 20 mm cannon
- No AP shells, only HE shells
- Bad gun depression of 5°
Prototypes of the Lorraine 155 Mle.50 passed trials in 1950, but never reached production.
- Vehicles equipped with the same chassis
- Other vehicles of similar configuration and role
|Medium tanks||Lorraine 40t|
|Tank destroyers||Lorraine 37L · CA Lorraine · Lorraine 155 Mle.50|
|France tank destroyers|
|Lorraine 40t derivatives||CA Lorraine · Lorraine 155 Mle.50|
|Other||AMR.35 ZT3 · Lorraine 37L · SAu 40 · ARL-44 · ELC bis · AMX-50 Foch · AuF1|
|USA||▄M10 GMC · ▄M36B2|
|France premium ground vehicles|
|Light tanks||AMD.35 (SA35) · H.39 "Cambronne" · LVT-4/40 · AMX-13 (SS.11) · AMX-13-M24 · E.B.R. (1954) · E.B.R. (1963) · VBCI-2 (MCT30)|
|Medium tanks||M4A1 (FL10) · Panther "Dauphiné" · AMX-30 · AMX-30 Super · AMX-50 (TO90/930)|
|Heavy tanks||B1 ter · 2C bis · Somua SM|
|Tank destroyers||Lorraine 155 Mle.50|