A marvel of naval engineering and the most modern German Heavy Cruiser of World War II—Prinz Eugen was built to last.
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Throughout the course of the war—and beyond—this resilient warship managed to survive just about everything that could possibly be thrown at her:
Operation Rheinübung: on 18 May 1941, Prinz Eugen departs Gotenhafen in the evening, on a mission to attack the British supply lines in the Atlantic with battleship Bismarck.
On 24 May, Prinz Eugen, together with Bismarck, engages battle cruiser Hood. Prinz Eugen lands at least one hit on Hood, before it’s sunk by Bismarck.
On 2 July 1941, while berthed at the French port of Brest, a British armor-piercing bomb punches through her deck near a side during an air raid, causing heavy, but not irreparable, damage.
Operation Cerberus: on 11-13 February 1942, she takes part in one of the most daring operations in naval history, as she accompanies battleships Scharnhorst and Gneisenau on a mad dash through the heavily defended English Channel. She arrives in Germany the next morning without a scratch.
Two weeks later, whilst steaming off the coast of Norway, a torpedo from a British submarine causes serious damage to her stern section, crippling her rudders in the process. Repairs lasting several months are carried out in the middle of a Norwegian fjord.
On 17 May 1942, Operation Zauberflöte: Prinz Eugen leaves Trondheim and returns to Kiel for final repairs. On their way back home, the German flotilla is attacked by British torpedo bombers. Prinz Eugen repels the attack and escapes undamaged.
On a foggy day, 15 October 1944, whilst on her return trip from a ground support campaign in the Eastern Baltic, she accidentally rams light cruiser Leipzig. It takes fourteen hours to separate both ships. Leipzig is in pretty bad shape, but as soon as they manage to pry the two ships apart, it’s determined that Prinz Eugen only needs a few weeks for repairs.
In the summer of 1946, after being turned over to the US Navy after the end of the war as USS Prinz Eugen, she is taken to the South Pacific Bikini Atoll to play the part of a guinea pig for American nuclear weapons tests. Positioned just 1 km from two high yield nuclear detonations, Prinz Eugen shrugs off both blasts. However, this time there would be no repairs for Prinz Eugen—she’s towed to Kwajalein Atoll, where she’s finally abandoned—an irradiated shell of her former self.
To this very day, the propeller shaft and rudder of the capsized Prinz Eugen can be seen poking out of the calm turquoise Pacific waters at Kwajalein, stubbornly refusing to go under.
Taking Command of Prinz Eugen
VIII Prinz Eugen’s sturdiness in life is well reflected virtually in World of Warships. If properly angled, you shouldn’t be surprised to see your hull bouncing many AP battleship shells. And her hull isn’t the only part of her to get this treatment; her 27 mm deck armor will negate any potential damage from small caliber HE shells.
Her defenses are indeed notable, but that doesn’t mean she lacks good offensive options: her 203 mm main battery has a good turning rate, enabling Captains to quickly switch targets, and it fires AP rounds with good penetration and damage values which can effectively punish broadsides.
Equipping Prinz Eugen
VIII Prinz Eugen’s survivability is further accentuated by her powerful anti-aircraft complement and a good choice of defensive consumables that can help you anticipate and react to threats on, under, and above the sea.
Damage Control PartyHydroacoustic SearchDefensive AA FireFighterRepair Party
For the first slot, you have access to the Damage Control Party consumable.
For the second slot you have a choice between:
Hydroacoustic Search with increased range and duration: in order to fully embrace the brawling German playstyle of Prinz Eugen, Hydroacoustic Search can be invaluable in the cramped confines of a cap zone, whether it be to spot incoming torpedoes early, or to spot destroyers hiding in smoke or lying in wait behind islands.
Defensive AA Fire: if you fear the winged menace above all else, Prinz Eugen’s already good anti-aircraft defenses can be dialed up to 11 for a short period of time, turning the skies around her into an inferno of flak. This can be used to great effect in protecting not just yourself, but friendly warships from carrier-based aircraft.
For the third slot, you have the Fighter consumable. This provides additional support against enemy aircraft, and combined with the Defensive AA Fire consumable, you can potentially keep an aura of plane-shredding ordnance in the sky for the duration of most matches.
To truly cement her reputation as durable cruiser, you have access to the Repair Party consumable. This will allow you to recover a considerable amount of any health that might get taken off your already large base health pool.