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BISMARCK

Post by yorkieman » Thu Sep 02, 2010 8:10 pm

The launching of the German battleship BISMARCK
Sunk by combined gunfire and torpedoes of the Royal Navy on 27/5/1941
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Post by Deepol » Wed Oct 20, 2010 9:43 pm

The awesome might of this majestic battleship.
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Post by Magoonigal » Thu Oct 21, 2010 1:16 am

"Stapellauf Schlachtschiff Bismark"

Launched Battleship Bismark.

You have to admit she was a fine looking Ship!!
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Post by E28 » Fri Jan 21, 2011 9:21 pm

Later when the plans for Bismarck and Tirpitz were studied, those learned constructors and engineers discovered they were little more than glorified and poorly constructed copies of the Baden and Bayern from the Great war, with a number of improvements commensurate with the difference in time. Technology had moved on rapidly but they were not on a par with the latest battleships elsewhere in Western navies.
This was also borne out by her survivors accounts, but her fate was sealed as soon as she departed from Norway.
Inevitably she will always be remembered as the ship that took out the Hood in that brief engagement when so much more was expected. However, the 2 German ships lacked the radar those British ships shadowing her used, so they resorted to a very clever and little known ploy, which paid almost instant dividends.
Bismarck and her consort Prinz Eugene made brilliant use of their hydrophones which gave the pair instant and very accurate ranges, details on exact courses and speed alterations and enabled Bismarck to determine the opportune moment to commence the action. Unfortunately for the poorly positioned Hood, with almost instant and devastating effect.
Lutjens had known from the outset the outcome for Bismarck and her crew. It would happen a lot sooner than planned.
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Post by Deepol » Wed Oct 29, 2014 8:33 pm

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Under construction at the Blohm and Voss yard in Hamburg in 1938. Both DB
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From the stern entering the water on February 14th 1939. The ceremony was reluctantly carried out by the former Chancellor Bismarck's grand-daughter.
Photos from my collection and those of a marvellous correspondent Dietrich Baumer whose photos I've marked DB.
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Post by Deepol » Wed Oct 29, 2014 9:13 pm

More early photos fitting out during 1939-40.
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Bow view in the water.
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Her straight stem was replaced by this clipper-ish flared style to keep water off decks and to reduce digging into heavy seas.
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From the stern-organised chaos! All DB
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Post by Deepol » Fri Oct 31, 2014 11:18 am

Bismarck-vollendung004.jpg
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Armour plating at the stern
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From the bow showing armour plating. This was about 13in thick steel and covered about 70% of her length. All these are DB
More of her fitting out
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Post by Deepol » Fri Oct 31, 2014 8:43 pm

Bismarck-control-tower.jpg
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Photos taken in the run-up to her commissioning.
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Post by Deepol » Wed Nov 05, 2014 11:14 am

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On commissioning day DB
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Captain Lindemann arrives by barge
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The Flag Party ready to raise the Kriegsflagge
Bismarck commissioned at Blohm and Voss' Quay on 24th August 1940. Her Captain, Ernst Lindemann and his immediate junior officers presided.
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Post by Deepol » Wed Nov 05, 2014 11:28 am

Bismarckfocsle-tugs-prepDepHamburg-trials.jpg
From a TV documentary, her head tugs take her.
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Moving away. The caption states anchored... DB
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At Blankenese which was/ is the Welcome Point for vessels making their way to Hamburg. DB
BISMARCK departed from Hamburg on September 15th 1940 to conduct her trials in the Baltic sailing by way of the Kiel Canal from Brunsbuttel. I always remember as a kid seeing on TV programmes the propaganda film of this in which the camera pans slowly along her full length whilst the commentator extols her virtues. In the background was always this attractive tune which was a German folk song of Farewell " Muss I' den, muss I' den, zum stadtele hinaus" and which I was later to recognise when it became a big hit for a certain Mr Presley.......
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Post by Deepol » Wed Nov 05, 2014 11:37 am

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More detail at Blankenese with a Blohm and Voss tug in attendance DB
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Aft of the funnel DB
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Heading out
More on the Elbe passage.
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Post by Henk » Wed Nov 05, 2014 1:46 pm

Deepol wrote:
Bismarck.Blankenese.1940.9.15.jpg
Bismarck.Elbe.Blankenese.1940.9.15.jpg
BismarckDepHamburg1941.jpg
More on the Elbe passage.
Assistance in the third picture is giving by Schuchmann's SEEBÄR see viewtopic.php?f=65&t=16573
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Post by Deepol » Thu Nov 06, 2014 11:23 am

Bismarck.erprobung.Kiel.jpg
Bismarck.Kiel.1940.9.26.jpg
Bismarck.Ostsee.1941.9.24.jpg
All DB but well known photos even being in colour.
Colour photos of her time in the Baltic on trials. She was there from September till December 1940 getting other work done as well then returning to Blohm and Voss for completion work to be carried out in December.
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Post by Deepol » Thu Nov 06, 2014 11:35 am

BismarckAtSpeed.jpg
From TV documentary-30 knots plus!
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Same source-storing
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The official photo DB
In March 1941 she left her builders forever and sailed to Kiel where she stored before proceeding on to Gotenhafen from where she carried out final trials using this as her base up till May. On her speed trials she achieved in excess of 30 knots which was for a ship of her size a tremendous achievement.
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Re: BISMARCK

Post by Deepol » Thu Nov 06, 2014 11:51 am

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At Gotenhafen she was visited by Adolf Hitler who spent several hours aboard his latest surface raider.
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Post by Deepol » Thu Nov 06, 2014 2:17 pm

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Admiral Lutjens formerly on Scharnhorst now on Bismarck to take overall command of Rheinubung. DB
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Kapitan sur Zee Ernst Lindemann, Commanding Officer. DB
Kapitan Zur See Ernst Lindemann, Bismarck's Commanding Officer. DB
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Captain Lindemann inspecting the crew at the commissioning
It was now that her most Senior Officer Admiral Gunther Lutjens joined the ship in preparation for what was codenamed Operation Rheinubung a plan to send BISMARCK, PRINZ EUGEN, TIRPITZ, SCHARNHORST and GNIESENAU out into the Atlantic to attack convoys. However only BISMARCK and PRINZ EUGEN took part initially as TIRPITZ was still building and the other two were in Brest and being harried by RAF bombing.
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Post by Henk » Thu Nov 06, 2014 3:53 pm

Deepol wrote:
Bismarck.Blankenese.1940.9.15.jpg
Bismarck.Elbe.Blankenese.1940.9.15.jpg
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More on the Elbe passage.
Bow tugs of Lütgens & Reimers. First one MOORWÄRDER, the other one is not to be recognise.
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Post by Henk » Thu Nov 06, 2014 3:58 pm

Deepol wrote:
Bismarckfocsle-tugs-prepDepHamburg-trials.jpg
Bismarck-ankeren.jpg
Bismarck.Blankenese.1941.3.6.Muss.i.den.jpg
BISMARCK departed from Hamburg on September 15th 1940 to conduct her trials in the Baltic sailing by way of the Kiel Canal from Brunsbuttel. I always remember as a kid seeing on TV programmes the propaganda film of this in which the camera pans slowly along her full length whilst the commentator extols her virtues. In the background was always this attractive tune which was a German folk song of Farewell " Muss I' den, muss I' den, zum stadtele hinaus" and which I was later to recognise when it became a big hit for a certain Mr Presley.......
Stern tugs must be of Bugsier But no idea which ones.

The hit was song by Marlene Dietrich as far as I know???
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Post by Deepol » Thu Nov 06, 2014 8:15 pm

Didn't know that. Loved her sultry tone of voice.....
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Post by 3D HONDA » Thu Nov 06, 2014 9:53 pm

Loving the photos of Bismarck. Had an elderly friend who was involved in the final battle when she was sunk as tragic as the loss of life was on both sides it was an amazing story to hear from a first hand perspective at that time.

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Post by Deepol » Fri Nov 07, 2014 9:14 pm

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The black and white camouflage stripes being painted at Kiel
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On her way
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One of the well known photos in circulation over the years. From Prinz Eugen.
In the early morning of May 19th 1941 after all final preparations had been completed BISMARCK sailed joining PRINZ EUGEN which had left the previous afternoon to begin Operation Rheinubung. On their passage they were spotted by various Danish and Swedish fishing boats their position later being reported by a Swedish warship. The Admiralty was alerted in a roundabout fashion and history was in the making.
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Post by Deepol » Sat Nov 08, 2014 8:37 pm

Bismarck-aerial-fjord.jpg
The PRU photo.
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Bismarck-NorwegianFjord.jpg
From sea level
On May 21st BISMARCK anchored in Grimstadfjord as Admiral Lutjens felt safer out of the way in daylight and travelling on by night. However she was photographed by a Photographic Reconnaissance Unit Spitfire and the alert was fully on on receipt of the photos.
It was during this time BISMARCK's camouflage stripes were painted out and she sailed that night PRINZ EUGEN being anchored further away in another bay. On May 23rd in the Denmark Strait they were sighted by HMS' NORFOLK and SUFFOLK.
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Post by Deepol » Sat Nov 08, 2014 8:48 pm

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First sighting by HMS Norfolk
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HMS Prince of Wales fresh from builders.
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HMS Hood the ultimate casualty of the encounter.
Three of the main Royal Navy warships initially involved in the Battle Of the Denmark Strait on May 24th.
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Post by Deepol » Sat Nov 08, 2014 8:53 pm

From the German perspective- BISMARCK from PRINZ EUGEN. Not clear if this was before or after HOOD's sinking.
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Post by Deepol » Mon Nov 10, 2014 8:15 pm

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Pilot's eye view- from the film Sink The Bismarck
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Both of these from a rather good programme with excellent computer graphics. These don't do them credit.
Some images taken from the television showing the second Swordfish torpedo attack on her on May 26th.
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Post by Deepol » Mon Nov 10, 2014 8:49 pm

Bismarck11.jpg
One of the last photos of her before her final battle
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From Sink The Bismarck, final last stand.
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Now nearing the end. From Supership Bismarck
The end came on the morning of 27th May. Rudders damaged from the torpedo attack and losing oil she faced HMS' KING GEORGE V and RODNEY the latter opening fire about 0847. Putting up a strong fight, by 0930 BISMARCK was a burning wreck all her main armament out of action.
At about 1039, she rolled over onto her port side and sank following two torpedo hits from HMS DORSETSHIRE. However previous to that explosive charges detonated in BISMARCK's machinery spaces.
During the rescue of survivors the presence of a U-Boat forced the Royal Navy warships to leave and as a result many of BISMARCK's crew were left in the water. Some were picked up several hours later by the U-Boat and two more were rescued the following day by German ships. As a result only 115 of BISMARCK's 2200 complement survived. So ended the short career of one of Germany's most formidable warships. Attention was now being focused on her sister TIRPITZ.........
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Post by Deepol » Mon Nov 10, 2014 9:07 pm

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These are the earliest photos I have of her, the silhouette which at school brought up on WW2 we learned to draw from memory.
Her wreck laid undisturbed until June 1989 when it was located at the second attempt by Dr Robert Ballard. Dietrich did not agree with this or the TITANIC discovery also believing they should have been left alone.
These are just some of the photos I have collected over the years of BISMARCK and am extremely grateful to Dietrich Baumer with whom I corresponded just by accident for sharing some of his collection of her and other warships not all German. I have not heard from him for over a year now and sadly have to fear the worst as he was unwell when he sent me his last batch of photos in April 2013.
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Post by 3D HONDA » Mon Nov 10, 2014 9:29 pm

Loved these photos thanks for sharing

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Post by Henk » Tue Nov 11, 2014 11:28 am

Thanks Paul! Loved your story and pictures from Dietrich. Hope you will hear from, or about, him soon!

Now preparing the Christmas battle of TIRPITZ ????
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Re: BISMARCK

Post by Deepol » Wed Nov 12, 2014 5:36 am

I've got more of my own stuff of her than BISMARCK. I actually sent some to Dietrich!
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