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The Canon d'assaut Lorraine de 100 mm (100 mm Lorraine assault gun), or abbreviated CA Lorraine, is a Rank IV French tank destroyer with a battle rating of 6.3 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.75 "La Résistance". It presents a very classic TD design: Casemate gun platform and powerful armament. While lacking a bit in terms of armour, it surely compensates with superior mobility.
The CA Lorraine is an intermediate between a SU-85 and a lowered Jagdpanther. It is distinguishable for having rubber road wheels instead of metal ones, two huge fans atop the engine deck (much like the German Jagdpanther), a very pointy gun mantlet pointing outwards from the casemate and quite a large, rounded commander's cupola. In some ways, it is quite similar to the fearsome AMX 50 Foch, this can scare away some cowardly foe.
Its sloped, medium thickness frontal armour will not protect you from anything bigger than SPAA shots (some may even get through in close quarters) but it is certainly sufficient for what it is designed to do: protecting from stray bullets in long range engagements. Side and top armour are also quite weak so don't expect to survive any kind of surprise coming from side or top. Still, this tank has 5 crew members, which can often save it from a (too) quick death.
If anyone thought the Lorraine 40t was a sprinter, this is even better. Being ~33% lighter, it only loses ~20% of its HP. What does all these numbers means? The CA Lorraine is fast. Not only in forward motion is it fast, it can retreat at a decent, constant, -16 km/h and it has ability to neutral steer, these enable fast reaction to quickly changing battlefield odds such as flanking maneuvers or enemy breakthrough. An experimented player can take clear advantage over its foes by achieving good placement and this tank is the perfect tool for this task.
This gun platform uses the usual French rank IV 100 mm SA47 L/58 cannon with a twist: it has no autoloader mechanism, hence making reload time twice as long. Keep that in mind as your foes get closer and closer to you: these precious 15 seconds of reload time are the perfect time to intent a frontal attack, even more so since you don't even have automatic firepower of any form.
Survivability and armour
- Rolled homogeneous armour (Casemate hull)
- Cast homogeneous armour (Gun mantlet, Driver's hatch)
|Hull|| 50 mm (55°) Front glacis
35 mm (60°) Lower glacis
60-150 (0-88°) + 35-60 mm (2-88°) Gun mantlet
| 30 mm (15°) Front
30 mm Bottom
| 25 mm (23°) Top
25 mm (55°) Bottom
| 20 mm |
8 mm Engine grille
|Cupola||50 mm||20 mm|
- Suspension wheels and tracks are 20 mm thick.
|Weight (tons)|| Add-on Armour
|Max speed (km/h)|
|Engine power (horsepower)|
|Power-to-weight ratio (hp/ton)|
|100 mm SA47 L/58|
|Turret rotation speed (°/s)|
|Mode||Stock||Upgraded||Prior + Full crew||Prior + Expert qualif.||Prior + Ace qualif.|
|Reloading rate (seconds)|
|Stock||Prior + Full crew||Prior + Expert qualif.||Prior + Ace qualif.|
|Ammunition|| Type of
|Penetration in mm @ 90°|
|100 mm Obus de rupture||APCBC||295||293||279||263||248||233|
|100 mm Obus explosif||HE||22||22||21||20||20||20|
|Ammunition|| Type of
Mass in kg
| Fuse delay
| Fuse sensitivity
| Explosive Mass in g
| Normalization At 30°
|100 mm Obus de rupture||APCBC||1,060||15||N/A||N/A||N/A||°||48°||63°||71°|
|100 mm Obus explosif||HE||1,000||15||0.1||0.5||1,400||+0°||79°||80°||81°|
|40||31 (+9)||21 (+19)||11 (+29)||1 (+39)||no|
Usage in the battles
This tank sits with confidence at BR 6.0 as a regular tank destroyer. There is nothing very special to it but it performs good in most situations. Use your good mobility to take a competitive spot and reposition every now and then : once you get spotted, it is already too late. Hopefully, this tank's awesome mobility and neutral steering will make your day easier.
Use this tank as a classic tank destroyer while enjoying its great mobility. Any good move with a casemate TD is a good move with this tank.
Pros and cons
- Good firepower.
- Very good maneuverability.
- Very good reverse speed.
- Low profile.
- Wide tracks.
- Neutral steering.
- Uses the same gun as AMX-50-100 and Lorraine 40t.
- Strong gun mantlet may bounce shots.
- Awesome power ratio: 38+ HP/ton.
- Thin armour (50 mm) sloped at 55°.
- Very thin side and top armour: not a frontline tank.
- Weak LFP at 35mm (60°).
- Reload rate is not impressive.
- Poor gun depression (-6).
- Lacks -HE filler in AP shots.
- No coaxial MG.
- Low gun placement.
- Only two shell types.
- Somewhat weak optic zoom.
- Large hull.
- Large ammo racks on both sides of the hull.
The CA Lorraine was developed and tested in the late 1940s, but never saw active service.
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|AMR.35 ZT3 · SAu 40 · ARL-44 · CA Lorraine · Lorraine 155 Mle.50 · AMX-50 Foch|
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