|These pictures show the Bismarck in September 1939. The two forward turrets ("Anton" and "Berta") and the fourth turret ("Dora") has allready been installed.|
|The Bismarck alongside the Blohm & Voss fitting-out pier in January 1940. Towering behind the ship is one of the large (250 t) hammer cranes used to load aboard the heavier equipment. The work is well advanced: the main turrets, funnel and cunning tower have been installed and temporary structures are in position for the next stage of the building programme. Note the ice in the water.||The Bismarck in Februar 1940. Because of the exceptionally severe winter the work continued at a reduced speed. Note the ice in the water.|
|The battleship is at this stage of construction in May or June of 1940. The final stage of fitting-out. The superstructure are almost completely installed by this time.||23 June 1940 The Bismarck was placed in the floating dock. In the following three weeks she was equipped with the underwater listening system (the MES-system) and the three propellers. 14 July 1940 the Bismarck left the floating dock again.|
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