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March 1941
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Bismarck wearing the so-called Baltic camouflage. Bismarck weared this camouflage after she returned to the Baltic Sea in March 1941. It is in many sources claimed that the turret tops was painted red. However, colour film recordings proves that the Bismarck had dark grey turret tops while she was in the Baltic Sea during her sea trials. Therefore, based on the informations available, the conclusion is that the turret tops was painted dark grey. The fact that many sources claim that the Bismarck had red turret tops while she was in the Baltic Sea seems to be a guess solely based on that the heavy cruiser Prinz Eugen had red turret tops during her sea trials.
Bismarck wearing the Baltic camouflage during her sea trials together with Prinz Eugen in March 1941.
April 1941
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Bismarck shortly before she went out on her journey. The turret tops was at this point painted light grey.
Bismarck with the repainted light grey turret tops alongside at Gotenhafen (Gdynia) in April 1941 shortly before the start of Operation "Rheinübung".
May1941
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Bismarck as she might have appeared on 5 May 1941 when Adolf Hitler visited the ship.
5. May 1941, Adolf Hitler visited the Bismarck. On these photographs from the occasion you can get an idea of the camouflage used.
Another photograph of the Bismarck taken 5. May 1941. Again this photograph gives an idea of the current camouflage.


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