A fine view of the Bismarck from starboard. Notice that censors have removed the forward and the foretop range finders and their bedspring radar mattresses. This photo was taken in the fall of 1940 before the A turret range finder hoods were removed during the winter. The range finder in A turret was never fitted.


This photo was taken from the Prinz Eugen during training exercises in the Baltic, April 1941.


The Bismarck is refueled from the Prinz Eugen during exercises in the Baltic. During a refueling operation, the German's established a towing operation with fuel lines between the vessels. This is in contrast to the US method where the ships steamed side-by-side during replenishment operations. In practice the US method proved to be the superior method of executing this maneuver.