Battleship Bismarck Photos

Rhine Exercise

The Bismarck undertakes her first and only operation.

Bismarck overhead in Norway

An overhead view of the Bismarck and several supply vessels, taken by Michael Suckling of the RAF during a reconnaissance of the Norwegian fjords.

Bismarck in Grimstadfjord

A view of the Bismarck in Grimstadfjord, taken from the Prinz Eugen. The crew have already lowered platforms on the ship’s side in preparation for painting over the Baltic camouflage stripes. The black smudge on the ship's hull just forward of C turret is most likely oil -- this is the location of the ships refueling station on the Batteriedeck (2nd deck).

Battle with Hood

During the battle with the Battlecruiser Hood, the Bismarck fires a salvo.

Hood shell splash

Shells from the Battlecruiser Hood splash near the Prinz Eugen during the Denmark Strait battle.

Bismarck firing salvo

The Bismarck has now turned to starboard of the Prinz Eugen and fires another salvo.

Bismarck secondary firing

The Bismarck's secondary armament fires while the smoke cloud from an earlier main armament salvo slowly dissipates. Notice the splash from a shell, most likely from the Prince of Wales. This photo appears to have been taken immediately after this photo

Bismarck firing

The Bismarck fires again.

Bismarck firing

A slightly under exposed shot of the Bismarck. By the flash effect on the ship, the photo appears to capture the instant B turret fires a salvo.

Hood explosion

The smoke on the right is the explosion of the Battlecruiser Hood. Just to the left of the larger smoke cloud one can see the Prince of Wales as she fires on the Bismarck.

Hood wreckage

On the left the wreckage from the Battlecruiser Hood continues to burn. To avoid the wreckage of the Hood, the Prince of Wales had to quickly alter course, throwing off the next salvo. On the right middle of the photo, a salvo from the Prince of Wales lands very short, throwing up the white splashes in the distance.

Hood wreckage

Another photo of the burning wreckage of the Battlecruiser Hood.

Last photo of Bismarck

This is the last photo of the Bismarck taken by the Germans before the Prinz Eugen separated to continue the Exercise Rhine mission independently. The Bismarck has pulled into line astern of the Prinz Eugen. The large bow wave of the Bismarck is due to the bow flooding from the hit by the Prince of Wales.