Battleship Bismarck in Kiel in late September 1940. 
This photo offers a good view of the enormous 36-meter beam. The Bismarck was the widest battleship in the world. Only the Japanese battleships of the Yamato Class (then still under construction) would have a wider beam of 37m.

Battleship Bismarck in Kiel in late September 1940. 

This photo offers a good view of the enormous 36-meter beam. The Bismarck was the widest battleship in the world. Only the Japanese battleships of the Yamato Class (then still under construction) would have a wider beam of 37m.

The battleship Bismarck conducting sea trials in the Baltic as seen from the afterdeck of the cruiser Prinz Eugen in April 1941. Note the angled black and white stripes over Bismarck’s hull as well as the battle flag hoisted on the mainmast.

The battleship Bismarck conducting sea trials in the Baltic as seen from the afterdeck of the cruiser Prinz Eugen in April 1941. Note the angled black and white stripes over Bismarck’s hull as well as the battle flag hoisted on the mainmast.

The German battleship Bismarck in the Elbe River on 9 December 1940. The battleship is still missing the forward 7-meter rangefinder which was not installed on board until March 1941.

The German battleship Bismarck in the Elbe River on 9 December 1940. The battleship is still missing the forward 7-meter rangefinder which was not installed on board until March 1941.

The launching of the battleship Bismarck
The hull of the Bismarck the day of her launching at the Blohm & Voss Shipyard facilities in Hamburg on 14 February 1939. As it was customary on these occasions, the launching ceremony was attended by thousands of people, government officials, military personalities, and yard workers.

The launching of the battleship Bismarck

The hull of the Bismarck the day of her launching at the Blohm & Voss Shipyard facilities in Hamburg on 14 February 1939. As it was customary on these occasions, the launching ceremony was attended by thousands of people, government officials, military personalities, and yard workers.