Bundesarchiv, N.D. 6 large plans, various sizes but largest approx. 1m 95 x 88cm (6’ 5" x 34 ½") ; and the smallest approx. 1m 39 x 88cm (4’ 7" x 34 ½"). One plan with hole (but no loss to plan) ; several tears/repairs but o/w V.G. The battleship BISMARCK was built by Blohm & Voss in Hamburg and commissioned 24th August 1940, she and her sister TIRPITZ being the largest battleships ever built in Germany. In May 1941 she set sail on her first and last offensive operation with the aim of sinking Allied shipping in the North Atlantic. In company with PRINZ EUGEN, they were soon spotted and engaged by HMS HOOD which BISMARCK quickly destroyed. HOOD blew up and sank in three minutes, with only 3 survivors out of 1,418 on board. Although HOOD was the ‘Pride of the Royal Navy’, an old battlecruiser was no match for a powerful modern battleship. BISMARCK had claimed her one and only victim. She was hunted down by units of the Royal Navy and sunk with heavy loss of life. These six plans, invaluable to model-makers and historians, have been reproduced by the Bundesarchiv (German Federal Archives), from the original builder’s plans of 1936-1940. They show the BISMARCK’S deck fittings : aircraft, guns, boats, cranes, bridge superstructure, etc.