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Le Malin: the malign destroyer
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The French large destroyer Le Malin of the Le Fantasque class was built to chase and hunt other destroyers.

Le Malin, destroyer, French. Rank III


  • Hard-hitting main caliber guns
  • Effective AA guns
  • Thin-skinned gun mounts
  • Huge profile

A series of 6 ships of the Le Fantasque-class French large destroyers were built during the 1930s, all of them were in intense service with the navy during WWII. All ships of this class underwent a series of important upgrades to improve combat effectiveness and radio equipment. The destroyer Le Malin, launched in August 1933, took her first battle in the spring of 1940 in the Skagerrak. In 1942, she joined the Free French Naval Forces and participated in several Allied operations, including the landing at Anzio and the Operation Dragoon. After the end of World War II, the ship took part in the escort of aircraft carriers to the site of the First Indochina War. After returning, Le Malin was put into reserve and then scrapped in 1977.


We continue to introduce you to the bluewater fleet of France, which will be added to the game with the release of the next major War Thunder update. The destroyers of the Le Fantasque class are among the most famous ships of this type in history. Meet Le Malin, “the malign one", the Le Fantasque-class destroyer with powerful main battery armament, excellent sailing performance and deadly anti-air battery!

Le Fantasque-class destroyers were originally designed as destroyer hunters that operate as part of a group of ships of the same type and fight more like light cruisers. That is why the main armament of the Le Malin besides torpedoes is very powerful artillery. The Mle 1929 138.6mm guns with half-closed 10 mm anti-fragmentation shields are placed along the ship in a linearly elevated layout. Due to their design, the gun mounts are poorly protected from enemy fire, especially from fragments and shrapnel, and have quite low traverse speed. However, the satisfying ballistics and effective semi-AP rounds make the destroyer a very dangerous enemy even for ships of heavier classes.


In our game, Le Malin will be presented in the latest configuration after the upgrade in Boston in 1943. The originally poor anti-aircraft armament, which they tried to strengthen in each of the five ship upgrades, finally turned out to be quite effective, including two twin-barreled and one quad mount of the 40mm Bofors autocannons and 10 20mm Oerlikons. During the same upgrade in Boston, the ship received two additional mortars for 100-kg depth charges, bringing their total number to four. But the torpedo armament had to be reduced, abandoning one of the three triple-tube launchers.

The Le Malin - big, fast and malign - will appear in the game in the next major War Thunder update, as part of the closed beta-testing. Get early access packs to the French Navy СBT and you can be the first to test the amazing ships of one of the most distinctive fleets in the world!

Aigle Pack
Aigle Pack
The Kit Includes:
  • Aigle-class C, Aigle 1942
  • 1000 Golden Eagles
  • Premium account for 7 days
  • French Naval CBT Access
Duguay-Trouin Pack
Duguay-Trouin Pack
The Kit Includes:
  • Duguay-Trouin-class, Duguay-Trouin, 1944
  • 2000 Golden Eagles
  • Premium account for 15 days
  • French Naval CBT Access
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