|15 September 1940 the Bismarck leaves the Blohm & Voss shipyard in Hamburg for the first time. She's heading for the Baltic Sea for sea trials and battle exercise.||16 September 1940 the Bismarck arrive at the Holtenauer sluice.|
|This photograph of the Bismarck was taken in 1940 during her trials in the Baltic Sea.||At 23 October 1940 for the first time the machinery of the Bismarck was ready to be tested at high speed. The Bismarck reached a top speed of 30,8 kn.. This picture shows the Bismarck at high speed.|
|The Bismarck returns up the Elbe 8 December 1940 to complete her yardwork at Blohm & Voss in Hamburg. Her rangefinder cupola and radar antenna have been installed above the foretop, but the cupola has not yet been mounted on top of her forward fire-control station.|
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