Manfred von Richthofen - the Red Baron - was the most celebrated fighter pilot of the First World War, and was holder of the Blue Max, Pour le M, rite, Germany's highest military decoration. He was credited with 80 victories in the air, before being shot down in disputed circumstances aged 26. In this autobiography Richthofen tells not only his ...
Manfred von Richthofen - the Red Baron - was the most celebrated fighter pilot of the First World War, and was holder of the Blue Max, Pour le M, rite, Germany's highest military decoration. He was credited with 80 victories in the air, before being shot down in disputed circumstances aged 26. In this autobiography Richthofen tells not only his own story but also that of his contemporaries, their duels in the sky, ever present danger, fame, honor and spiraling death.
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There are many books written about Von Richthofen, but this book is written by him. This is his autobiography. It gets into his head, and he tells how he felt about the war and killing. He was very cavalier, as only a young man in his early 20's and from a wealthy, aristocratic, close family could be. His arrogance for death and his enemy showed in his painting of his aircraft red. Finally, his brother convinced him to allow all of his squadron to paint their airplanes red plus another color. Thus his squadron came to be know as "the flying circus". This book is especially enlightening as to his thoughts each time he climbed into his plane to do battle. The only death he thought of was that of his enemy. Like everything he did, he did his best. He never thoght that he would not survive. Like all young people, he was invincible.
Nov 8, 2007
The Red Baron, Richthofen, Manfred, Freiherr von
This was an outstanding book. I would recommend this book to everyone. It is an autobiography about a World War I Ace Pilot. It was a brillant pilot, outstanding person, and friend to all his men, loved his parents. Freiherr Von Richthofen was an outstanding son, brother, and friend to his men in the camp. He always wanting to move up in ranks, and to learn more about the plans that they were getting. There was never a day that they didn't hardly go out on patrol that they didn't get out and shoot at least one person down, and they were captured. Sometimes the pilot was not so lucky though. Richthofen then would go and write in his journal about the day he had, which seemed to help him out a bit. Then if they had a great day they would all meet in the dinner hall and celebrate with champage if they had any. Richthofen had met with the Keizer when he had reached the Ace of 30 for shooting down 30 planes. By the time he had shot down 80 he was a world war Ace. He had been shot in the head and he was thought he was going to die, but he was lucky, but he would not listen to the doctors. Then on his last mission he went up and we flew and there was a pilot from the other side who went after him, who did not even know that it was the Red Baron, but he was able to get a luck shot. He killed him and he fell to his death. When he as identified as Von Richthofen there was a funeral arranged in his honor, all of his commorades came, British, French, and some Americans came to honour the man who was the best pilot in the service of World War I.
I would recommend the book (biography) to anyone who would want to read it. I even went so far as to purchase the book.
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