Bismarck – 1940-41

I have written about the Bismarck numerous times before and am showing a variety of pictures here of the battleship from the time after her construction up to her departure on the ill-fated Atlantic Sortie.

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Halftone reproduction of a photograph taken circa August 1940, when the ship was first completed. Rangefinders atop her tower and conning tower have not yet been installed. The original was printed in a German publication.

 

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Photographed circa August 1940, when first completed. Rangefinders atop her tower and conning tower have not yet been installed.

 

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In harbor, circa August 1940, prior to installation of the rangefinders atop her tower and conning tower. This fine-pattern halftone was printed in a Spanish publication, circa 1941. It was provided by the U.S. Naval Attache, Madrid, whose stamp appears at left.

 

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Photographed from astern, 1940-41, showing stern anchor in its recessed well, folding propeller guards, armor belt and other details of hull and superstructure. The original, a fine-pattern halftone, is sepia in color.

 

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Seen from the heavy cruiser Prinz Eugen as the two ships practiced towing and refueling by trailing hose, circa April-May 1941. Copied from the report of officers of Prinz Eugen, with identification by her Gunnery Officer, Paul S. Schmalenbach, 1970.

[Images courtesy of the Department of the Navy – Naval Historical Center.]

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Charles McCain

Charles McCain is a Washington DC based freelance journalist and novelist. He is the author of "An Honorable German," a World War Two naval epic. You can read more of his work on his website: http://charlesmccain.com/

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