Battle Pass vehicles: Destroyer Type 1936А (Z25)

In War Thunder, Type 1936А (Z25) will be one of the rewards for completing the tasks in the new Battle Pass season.

Type 1936А (Z25), destroyer, Germany, Rank III. Premium.

Pros

  • Very strong air defense 
  • Harmoniously balanced combat characteristics

Cons

  • One main calibre cannon less than the other destroyers in the series
History

The Z25 destroyer of the Type 1936A class was laid down at the beginning of 1939 and launched a year later, soon joining the 8th destroyer flotilla along with other ships of the 1936A series. The destroyer began combat operations as part of the German Baltenflotte to protect Swedish ports from the hypothetical possibility of break through by ships of the Soviet Baltic Fleet from the besieged Leningrad. Shortly thereafter, the Z25 was active in hunting for Arctic convoys in the Barents and White Seas, where it converged with Soviet and British ships. In February 1942, she took part in the famous Operation Cerberus - a daring dash from France to Germany of two German battleships and a cruiser under the cover of a destroyer group along the channel between France and England. Under constant raids by British aircraft and destroyer attacks, the Z25 not only survived, but was not significantly damaged at all. After this brilliant operation, the destroyer returned North to intercept Allied Arctic convoys. After discovering problems with the power plant, the Z25 went to Germany for repairs. From the beginning of 1944 and until the end of the war, she continued to serve in the Baltic Sea, taking part in both combat and evacuation operations.

At the end of April 1945, the destroyer Z25 was decommissioned from service and after the war was transferred to France, where it received the name "Hoche". Here she served for more than 10 years and even underwent a major modernization, but by 1957 the exploitation of the German veteran was recognized as economically unprofitable and the ship was discomissioned soon after. The destroyer was finally scrapped in 1961.

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War Thunder players are already quite familiar with the Type 1936 and Type 1936A destroyer classes, these are the workhorses of the Kriegsmarine at the lower and middle ranks in the bluewater fleet research. Today's hero is closest to the Type 1936A (Mob) version, created according to the Z32 destroyer references. The Z25 differs from the ship already in the game mainly in its armament - the middle turret of the main calibre was dismantled to accommodate a reinforced anti-aircraft battery. 

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Thus, we have a total of 4 150mm guns and good AA capabilities: ten 37mm guns in twin and single mounts, two quad, and four twin-barreled 20mm guns, plus another single 20mm gun to complete the AA goodness. A significant increase in anti-aircraft capabilities with some weakening of the main battery is a good compromise, isn't it? The mobility, torpedo armament, crew and other characteristics of the Z25 remained equal or approximately equal to the Type 1936A (Mob). The Z25 is a familiar, understandable ship, but with much more powerful anti-aircraft weapons.

The Type 1936A project Type 1936A destroyer Z25 can be obtained by completing the tasks in the second season of the War Thunder Battle Pass. Choose your prize - and go ahead, unique vehicles wait for you!


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