Book Review

Pancerniki Typu Bismarck cz. 3 - Bismarck by John Asmussen
Encyklopedia Okrętów Wojennych
Encyclopedia of Warships
Book Title
EOW 17 - Pancerniki Typu Bismarck cz. 3 - Bismarck
Miroslaw Skwiot
AJ-Press, Poland
ISBN Number
Retail Price
16.00 Euro (AJ-Press) / £12.50 GBP (White Ensign Models)
Pancerniki Typu Bismarck cz. 3 - Bismarck - Book Review

EOW 17 - Pancerniki Typu Bismarck cz. 3 - Bismarck is the third book in a series of five about the Bismarck Class battleships. The book is wrapped in plastic and comes with two folded 2-sided sheets. The book describes the career of Bismarck career from 1940 to its sinking in May 1941.

Book contents:

o Format is A4 size

o 64 pages + cover.

o 79 B/W pictures, with Polish/English captions

o 8 maps

o 1 drawing (small version inside the book illustrating hits Bismarck received during Operation "Rheinübung")

o 1 table

o 3 colour plates (paint schemes) by Zbigniew Kolacha

o 4 sheets of A1 size plans (by Miroslaw Skwiot and based on information from shipyard drawings)

Sheet I/II: 1:400 and 1:200 line-drawings by Miroslaw Skwiot, 2-sided sheet 58,5 cm x 83,0 cm

o Body Plan

o Hull

o Main Deck

o 01 Deck (Aufbaudeck) top - and side view details

Sheet III/IV: 1:200 line-drawings by Miroslaw Skwiot, 2-sided sheet 58,5 cm x 83,0 cm

o Top - and Side View Drawings of Bismarck during her career (1940 and 1941)

Except the English captions the text in the book is entirely written in Polish which I sadly don't understand. But the text describes the history of Bismarck and Operation "Rheinübung".

The book is richly illustrated with many photos of high quality, drawings, maps and scans from Bismarck's reconstructed logbook. Notice that the photo shown on page 40 is claimed being Bismarck during the Denmark Strait Battle. In reality it is an image from the 1960 film "Sink the Bismarck".

Three pages shows excellent camouflage schemes of Bismarck. The paint schemes are fairly accurate, but I don't fully agree in the colours used and all paint scheme details. Still I enjoy looking at them.

Not only will the buyer get a very good book, but he will also get some very well made drawings of Bismarck. These drawings are well worth the book-price alone. There are some extremely well made and better drawings of Bismarck available on the market which also show many details, but they cost much more than this book and the drawings included. If you plan to scratch build a model of Bismarck based on the Polish drawings, you also would need to buy the fourth book in this series, EOW 18 - Pancerniki Typu Bismarck cz. 3 - Bismarck, to get more detailed drawings of Bismarck. You can read a book review about this book too on this website.


I highly recommend this book for ship modellers and Bismarck and Tirpitz enthusiasts. It is an excellent and very useful book.

John Asmussen

Pancerniki Typu Bismarck cz. 3 - Bismarck - Scans from the Book
The photos in AJ-Press's books generally are of a high quality. Some photos has not been published before. Here are two excellent photos of Bismarck.
Illustrations showing hits that Bismarck received during Operation "Rheinübung". Here one of the 3 pages with the excellent paint schemes.
Sheet I: 1:400 scale drawings of the body plan, hull and main deck.
Sheet II: 1:200 scale drawings of the 01 deck (aufbaudeck) and superstructure details.
Sheet III: 1:400 scale drawings illustrating how Bismarck looked in 1940 and 1941.
Sheet IV: 1:400 scale drawings illustrating how Bismarck looked in 1941.

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