Friday, April 22, 2011

The Red Baron

The mast head of this blog has a 1917 DWM P08 Luger and the book The Red Knight of Germany: The Story of Baron von Richthofen by Floyd Gibbons. I just reread the book last week and I can say it’s as good as it ever was!

Gibbons, a heroic man in his own right, chronicles the story of Rittmeister Manfred Albrecht Freiherr von Richthofen. Von Richtofen was the greatest of all First World War Aces, he was the “Ace of Aces” with 80 confirmed victories. It’s a fascinating read, Gibbons tracks down the families of the Baron’s victims as well as the survivors who his aerial victories.

The family of von Richthofen gave Gibbons access to the Barons letters to his mother, which humanizes the fallen ace. The book also explores the gritty and violent world of World War I aerial combat. The book offers a fascinating trip back into the world first industrial age conflict, and a taste of world war. The book is still in print and available new and used.

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