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Author:
Manfred Von Richthofen
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978-0722187760
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0722187769
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Sphere; New Ed edition (1976)
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Originally a cavalryman, Richthofen transferred to the Air Service in 1915, becoming one of the first members of fighter squadron Jagdstaffel 2 in 1916.

In this autobiography Richthofen tells not only his own story but also that of hi 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.

Baron Manfred von Richthofen liked to fly in a blazing red airplane and shoot down plane after plane. Fast Facts: Manfred Albrecht von Richthofen (the Red Baron). Known For: Winning the Blue Max for downing 80 enemy planes in World War I. Born: May 2, 1892 in Kleinburg, Lower Silesia (Poland). Parents: Major Albrecht Freiherr von Richthofen and Kunigunde von Schickfuss und Neudorff. Died: April 21, 1918 in Somme Valley, France. Education: Wahlstatt Cadet School in Berlin, Senior Cadet Academy at Lichterfelde, Berlin War Academy.

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Manfred von Richthofen, the German fighter pilot known as the Red Baron, downed 80 enemy planes in less than two years during World War . Manfred von Richthofen was World War I’s all-star fighter pilot, known as a flying ace. In a time when militaries were beginning to experiment with deploying airplanes as a weapon of war, the fearsome young man stepped up to become one of the best pilots the world had ever seen. In just two short years of the Great War, he earned a world-renowned reputation as the deadly Red Baron of the skies. Manfred von Richthofen’s Early Life.

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Manfred Albrecht Freiherr von Richthofen (2 May 1892 – 21 April 1918), also known as the "Red Baron", was a fighter pilot with the German Air Force during World War I. He is considered the ace-of-aces of the wa. .

Originally a cavalryman, Richthofen transferred to the Air Service in 1915, becoming one of the first members of fighter squadron Jagdstaffel 2 in 1916.

Manfred von Richthofen, better known as the Red Baron, was one of the most popular figures of the Great Wa. This is manfred after he was injured, and he is recovering. it was during this time he wrote his book.

Manfred von Richthofen, better known as the Red Baron, was one of the most popular figures of the Great War. Until his death in April 1918, he was one of th. it was during this time he wrote his book William Hofmann. What others are saying. Manfred Heals This is manfred after he was injured, and he is recovering.

Manfred von Richthofen. Biography, The Red Baron. Manfred Albrecht Freiherr von Richthofen, later known as the Red Baron. Photo: From a Willi Sanke postcard, photographer C. J. van Dühren, 1917. The Red Baron was never called that during his lifetime. His German title Freiherr roughly translates as baron, but that moniker only came about later, and the origin of the Red Baron nickname remains hazy. The World War I German flying ace Manfred von Richthofen later came to be known as the Red Baron, first in English, later also in German (der Rote Baron).

  • Manfred Von Richthofen became "The Red Baron". He published a book The Red Air Fighter (Der Rote Kampfflieger) in Germany in 1917 while the First World War was still raging. Richthofen was the head of the Flying circus Jagdegeschwader Nr. 1. He was the greatest flying ace of the war, downing 80 enemy aircraft before he was killed on April 21st 1918 over the Somme valley. He had managed to land his red Fokker Dr1 Triplane, but he had been shot and killed by a single bullet, likely fired by allied ground forces; He was twenty five years old.

    The Red Air Fighter, though heavily censored by the Kaiser's government, contains many interesting details about the life of the Great War's greatest flying ace.

    World War I was a family affair for the Richthofens. His younger brother Lothar, who survived the war, also flew in the Flying circus and won the Ordre Pour Le Merite as well. His cousin, Wolfram Freiherr von Richthofen, served in the German infantry in the Great War, but later rose to become a General Field Marshall in Hitler's Luftwaffe during the Second World War. Manfred's sister Ilse nursed the wounded during the war.

    Richthofen was born into an aristocratic land owning German family in Breslau (now Poland). His father served as a cavalryman in the 12th regiment of Uhlans. Manfred was an indifferent student - "I did just enough work to pass". He loved hunting, football and gymnastics. He joined the cavalry and became an officer in 1912.

    Reading Richthofen's book reminds one of his essential boyishness. He writes about the first time he was ever in an airplane, "The houses seemed to come out of a child's toy box. Everything seemed pretty. Cologne was in the background, The cathedral looked like a little toy." Later Manfred even takes his dog 'Moritz' up on a flight with him, "Once I even took him up with me. He was my first observer. He behaved very sensibly. He seemed much interested in everything, and looked at the world from above, Only my mechanics were dissatisfied when they had to clean the machine. Afterwards Moritz was very merry."

    The night before the outbreak of the First World war in August 1914 Manfred writes that he and his fellow officers "were eating oysters, drinking champagne and gambling a little. We were very merry. No one thought of war."

    Soon after the start of the war though, Von Richthofen develops a startling callousness. He writes, "I heard that the inhabitants (of Arlon, France) had behaved very treacherously several days previously towards our cavalry, and later on towards our ambulances. It had been found necessary to place quite a number of these gentlemen against the wall."

    Von Richthofen apprenticed with the German ace Oswald Boelcke. "Everything that Boelcke told us was to us gospel truth. During the last few days he had, as he said, shot for breakfast every day one or two Englishmen," Von Richthofen writes. He once asked his mentor Boelcke how he was such a successful fighter pilot. Boelcke replied, "Well it is quite simple. I fly close to my man, aim well and then of course he falls down." On October 28, 1916 Boelcke's plane collided with another German plane and he himself "fell down." Richthofen reflected, "Nothing happens without God's will. That is the only consolation we can put to our soul during this war."

    On September 17, 1916 Von Richthofen shot down his first enemy plane. He writes, "My Englishman twisted and turned, flying in zig-zags. I did not think for a moment that the hostile squadron contained other Englishmen who conceivably might come to the aid of their comrades. I was animated by a single thought: 'The man in front of me must come down, whatever happens.' At last a favorable moment arrived. My opponent had apparently lost sight of me. Instead of twisting and turning he flew straight along. In a fraction of a second I was at his back with my excellent machine. I gave a short burst of shots with my machine-gun. I had gone so close that I was afraid I might dash into the Englishman. Suddenly I nearly yelled with joy, for the propeller of the enemy machine had stopped turning. Hurrah! I had shot his engine to pieces; the enemy was compelled to land, for it was swinging curiously to and fro. Probably something had happened to the pilot. The observer was no longer visible. His machine-gun was apparently deserted. Obviously I had hit the observer, and he had fallen from his seat."

    Von Richthofen admired his English opponents and disdained those of France. He wrote, "Everything depends on whether we have for opponents those French tricksters or those daring fellows the English. I prefer the English...The French have a different character. They like to set traps and to attack their opponents unawares. That cannot be done easily in the air. Only a beginner can be caught, and one cannot set traps, because an aeroplane cannot hide itself. The invisible aeroplane has not yet been discovered. sometimes, however, the Gallic blood asserts itself. Then Frenchmen will then attack. But the French attacking spirit is like bottled lemonade. It lacks tenacity. In Englishmen, on the other hand, one notices that they are of Germanic blood. Sportsmen easily take to flying, but Englishmen see in flying nothing but a sport...Therefore, the blood of English pilots will have to flow in streams."

    About his fellow Germans Von Richthofen wrote, "In my opinion the aggressive spirit is everything, and that spirit is very strong in us Germans. Hence we shall always retain the domination of the air." Two World Wars in the 20th century would tend to confirm Richthofen's notion of a "strong aggressive spirit" in the hearts of many German people.

    Von Richthofen took pride in being a sportsman and not a butcher, unlike his brother Lothar who, he tells us, "was differently constituted". On a leave from the front, he boasts of having shot a rare European bison on the estate of the Prince von Pless.

    In the very last chapter of The Red Air Fighter Manfred playfully speculates about the future of aviation. He writes, "I think things will come to this, that we shall be able to buy a flying suit for half a crown. On the one end there is a little engine and a little air screw. One sticks one's arms into the planes and one's legs into the tail. Then one does a few leaps in order to start, and one goes up into the air like a bird...Besides Giant aeroplanes and little chaser machines, there are innumerable other types of flying machine, and they are of all sizes. Inventiveness has not yet come to an end. Who can tell what machine we shall employ a year hence to perforate the atmosphere?"

    In the appendix of my edition of Manfred's book there is a poignant list compiled by editor Norman Franks of the 80 allied aircraft he shot down. There was, for example, an engagement which took place "on February 1, 1917 between the Red Baron and a BE2d on a photo-reconnaissance operation to Thelus, piloted by Lt. P.W. Murray from Durham, England (died of wounds) and observer Lt. T.D. McRae, Canadian (died of wounds). Forced down inside German lines and destroyed by shell fire twenty minutes later". This information helps us to understand why so many allied pilots and air crew were moved, perhaps, to utter the phrase, "Curse you, Red Baron!"

    While Manfred von Richthofen was surely an exceptional pilot, his tragedy was the universal story of callow youth caught up, buffeted about and ultimately drowned in the maelstrom of total war.

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  • I am old enough to to remember the 1960's hit song about Manfred Von Richthofen, the Red Baron, but I really didn't know anything about him or his accomlishments during WWI. This book caught my interest because it was his autobiography, his story in his own words. And an interesting story it is! Ricthofen's personality really shines through his words. He was a corageous young man, with high morals and values and only in his mid twenties when he became the most famous fighter pilot in the world. Fortunately for us he was as good a writer as he was a fighter pilot. The book is a quick and enjoyable read. Highly recommended.

  • As a pilot, i found the stories very interesting from a early aviation perspective. The stories were written like a personal journal that came across as genuine. A good read.

  • This movie was purchased for my 10 year old who loves anything on the Red Baron. This was no exception. He watches it over and over. It is a very informative film and easy to follow. My 10 year old, who is now 11, still loves to watch it and is able to follow it without any problems. It is great for any age and anyone who is interested in the history of the Red Baron.

  • Good book, well worth reading. It is written by the flyer himself. It is not as long as you would hope but many such books are that way.

  • It is because of the extra articles included, that the Ulanoff edition is the only one worth having. Lothar, the Red Barons brother and wingman, explains why the planes were red. More articles by Goering and others make the Ulanoff edition singularly worthwhile.

  • I saw a biography about the Red Baron on tv and thought that he had an exciting life so I wanted to read his book that way I could read about it straight from the person that lived these events. The book is fairly short and you could easily read through it very fast without any trouble. He writes about his childhood,entering the cavalry and the war, then how he became a piolet and the rest of the book talks about his many victories as the best fighter piolet. There are a bunch of black and white pictures of the Baron, other German aces and a few planes. There is also a list of all his victims including the plane type, date, times and piolets and there is also a list of the planes he flew and which victims he shot down in which plane.

    I liked the book because it's an easy read, it has some funny parts and exciting moments and in a way you get a feel for the man himself. However there are some things I didn't like such as he doesn't go into much detail through the book it's like he just breezes through some of his fights in a few sentences or so which kind of makes it anti climatic. One example is how his brother just shows up out of nowhere and is fighting along side him and not much is said about him. I'm also sure that there was some propaganda thrown in since this book was released during the war. I bet he would have wrote a far better book after the war had he lived but as we all know he was shot down.

    This isn't the book to read if you want to know everything about the Red Baron but if you want to read what he experienced first hand then get this autobiography because it's a good read and it's coming straight from the horses mouth that.

  • Im loving the book so far. Its easy to read and understandable. Its hard for me to put the book down. It came in excellent condition. Im happy i made this purchase.