Unit Card:


Set - Rarity - Number

First Strike - N/A - 5/72


The Bévéziers (Q179) was a 1500-tonne submarine of the French navy named in honour of the Bataille de Bévéziers (Battle of Beachy Head) of 1690.

The Bévéziers was based in the Caribbean. At the start of the Second World War she sailed to England before voyaging to French West Africa. On September 25, 1940, during the Battle of Dakar, while under the command of Capitaine de corvette (Lieutenant-Commander) Lancelot, Bévéziers torpedoed the battleship HMS Resolution.


Vergilius Powergaming Evaluation:
This might be the most important new French addition in the fleet. If you know that the French are weak in submarines, that alters how you play against them in nation-pure settings. Submerged shot is a perfectly natural and normal submarine SA, not something that is meant to depict nation characteristics. Consequently any submarine with submerged shot was the most logical inclusion for France. What they got instead is a fairly high quality submarine. I consider the 3-3-2 line to be the base for a 12 point submarine, usually with 1 or more SAs accompanying that stat line for flavor. The Bevezier comes in at 3-2-2, but at 11 points. This is remarkably close, but it is also easy to overestimate the value of a single torpedo at a single range. In short, this is quite a good score. When you add Battleship Killer to the card, you have the potential to throw 4-3-3, a superb score. Battleships are one of the main archetypes and one of the main units that we need submarines to kill. So undoubtedly Bevezier is a bit better than the 11 points on the card, though how much is difficult to say. This has the benefit of making Bevezier into one of the better power units in the set. A nation pure France gets a solid submarine. A more generic Allied fleet can make legitimate choices between a 12 point Truculent and a 11 point Bevezier. Overall grade: B

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