The Final Preparations
During sea trials crewmen practice evacuating a wounded seaman. Commander Rudolf Hartkopf, chief administrative officer of the Bismarck and his assistant, Lieutenant Günther Tischendorf, supervise the loading of provisions at Scheerhafen, Kiel in March 1941.
Supply vans unload provisions at Kiel in March 1941 Provisions ready to come aboard the Bismarck.
The Bismarck's camouflage is touched up at Scheerhafen, Kiel in March 1941. The Bismarck alongside at Gotenhafen (Gdynia) in April 1941 shortly before the start of Operation "Rheinübung" ("Exercise Rhine").
Signals to the Bismarck, which is putting out to sea. The battleship is now fully equipped.