Bismarck ran out of fuel prior to attacks on her from the Brittish, this is obvious. A battleship wihout her engines is a dead duck. RF is right, she left Bergen, Norway and was bound for Bergen, Norway. She was at her edge of radius og action when the Hood tragedy took place. She had used 55% of her fuel at a fast speed for her mission, "Reinubung". But there was no plan B. Hood was not to be in the way. The Reinubung was intended as a blitzkrig mission. When I came across the book ," The Luftwaffe and the War at Sea 1939-45, I did not belive what was written in it. The content of the book is a war secret until 2005 when David C Isby discovered it. You will not belive this. An american officer went into a Krigsmarine POW camp asking if some one could understand and write english. The first arm up was that of one ," Grossadmiral Karl Donitz" and the rest of them where, Kontreadmiral Gerhard Wagner, Vizadmiral Eberhard Weichold, Kapitan zur See Hans-Jurgen Reinecke, Korvetten Kapitan Otto Mejer, Kapitanleutnant Hans-Diedrich Freiherr von Tiesenhausen and from the Luftwaffe came General der Flieger Ulrich O.E.Kessler. All these men where contracted to translate confiscated war material from german over to english from the Krigsmarine and Luftwaffe. It was from this book I discoverd that the Bismarck was under the command of one Karl Dönitz and the U-Boat operation and Fliegerfurher Atlandic was the air arm of that operation. But the operation had a seacret aufklarung unit prior to sending the Bismarck out to sea. This unit was under the control of the Abwher using the Luftwaffe unit KG 26 Stab for the task. The transfer of the Bismarck from Rader over to Karl Dönitz took place in january 1941. The first Reinubung order was given in marz 19th 1941 after two Abwhere He 111 missions in february over to Iceland but the third one was on this strange day mars 19th- 1941 but the aircraft made a forced landig at Reykjanes Iceland and the operation was salted while the crew was running around Iceland. The second order was given at may 19th 1941. The reasion for Bismarck beeing in Bergen Norway was to pick up over 200 Brandenburgers commandos based over there since the Norway invation. The Reinubung was a Brandenburg mission to hit on the British airfield at Kaldadarnes at the river Ölfusá. From this airfield the Brithish where attacking U-Boats South of Iceland and protecting the ship corridor from Iceland over to the Fero Islands and Scotland. This was the target of Reinubung and the Brandenburgers. The true new Bismarck story is now ready.