1941 Operation "Rheinübung" (Part One)
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The Bismarck was repainted on her way to Norway. Here is an example on how she looked at a specific time in the first part of Operation "Rheinübung". Notice that the camouflage stripes on the upper structure, known from the paint scheme used in the Baltic Sea, is removed. The Bismarck had no banner around the Swastika's on her way to Norway.
1941 Operation "Rheinübung" (Part Two)
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A later example of the Bismarck's paint scheme while she was on her way to Norway. Again the camouflage stripes on the upper structure and the banners around the Swastika's, wellknown from the Baltic Sea camouflage scheme, was not used on the ship during Operation "Rheinübung".
The Bismarck photographed from the air on her way to Norway. Notice on the photograph to the right that the black and white camouflage stripes on the upper structure is removed.
The Bismarck in Grimstadfjord, Norway 21 May 1941. Notice the small dark "stripe" on top of turret D (Dora). This is a dark grey colour used on the horizontal surface of the main and secondary armament. The dark grey colour used on the horizontal surfaces can still be seen on the 15 cm secondary armament on the wreck.
1941 Operation "Rheinübung" (Part Three)
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The way the Bismarck might have appeared when she left Norway on her journey to the North Atlantic.
Notice that the Swastika's on this drawing is completely painted over by dark grey. The black lines that illustrates the Swastika's is only to inform that they are underneath the dark grey paint.
The colour of especially the main - and secondary turrets and turret tops of the Bismarck in the last few days of her career is often heavily discussed. Many people believe that they were grey, some believe they were yellow or even red. I have not yet seen any reliable source that could support the theory that the colour should be yellow or red. Unless I see some clear documentation that other colours has been used I will not change the colours used in my paint schemes. The dark grey is still to be found on the secondary armament on the wreck.
The Bismarck as she appeared after she left Norway.
The Bismarck after the battle of the Denmark Strait.
Another photograph of the Bismarck after the battle of the Denmark Strait.