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Manfred Von Richthofen: The Man and the Aircraft He Flew (Famous Flyers Series) Paperback – April, 1991


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  • Series: Famous Flyers Series
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Voyageur Pr (April 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1871547067
  • ISBN-13: 978-1871547061
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 7.2 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,934,487 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Joseph H Pierre on August 21, 2000
This book does not pretend to be a detailed biography of Manfred von Richthofen, the famous "Red Baron" of the German airforce in the First World War. Nevertheless, it is very revealing, and the photography and illustration is wonderful--much of it in full color.

"Nothing happens without God's will," said von Richtofen, "This is the only consolation which we can put into our soul during this war."

In modern warfare, all pretense at chivalry and knightly honor is gone. Not even a memory of it remains. Warriors kill their "enemy," both the enemy warriors and the civilian populations with impunity, at long distance, with detachment and clinical precision. In von Richthofen's time, at least in the beginning, it was different. Their airplanes were made of sticks and fabric stuck together with animal glue. Their guns were primitive, and to fly at all, regardless of enemies trying to kill you, was a dangerous proposition. They were the pioneers of aerial warfare, still clinging to the old traditions of the cavalry, and honor, and courage, and chivalry toward a vanquished ("unhorsed") enemy.

Their commanders forbade the wearing of parachutes, thinking that it would encourage cowardice and the abandonment of the fight and their valuable aircraft. So, when the wings tore loose from the fuselage in a high-G maneuver, or when the aircraft burst into flames, the aviator's doom was sealed, and a horrible death resulted.

On June 6th, 1917, Manfred von Richthofen was shot down and received a head wound, with which he was hospitalized. He returned to duty. On April 21st, 1918, less than a year later, Rittmeister Manfred von Richthofen, intent upon shooting down Lt.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 22, 1998
A quite extensive book for its size, many pictures of whom many are very good in quality. For people who want to know more about Manfred von Richthofen, but are not interested in lengthy books, this book is a brilliant chronological summary of his life and work .
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By P. A. Panozzo on July 19, 2012
I purchased this book years ago when it first came out. It is a concise, well organized and nicely illustrated book about the "Red Baron", Manfred von Richthofen. the highest scoring ace of World War One. I have always been fascinated by the "Red Baron", his life, his military career and ultimately, the "mystery" surrounding his death. Over the years, I have accumulated quite a library of "Red Baron" books. I have created a Listmania List of resources pertaining to the "Red Baron" that you can access here at Amazon! This book is a fabulous overview of Von Richthofen. I also highly recommend these titles to facilitate a greater appreciation for the greatest ace of World War One! The Red Fighter Pilot: The Autobiography of the Red Baron The Baron's own words is an excellent start! The Baron's mother kept a diary of her children's activities. Manfred, Lothar, youngest brother Bolko as well as a sister Ilse. The Mother of Eagles: The War Diary of Baroness Von Richthofen (Schiffer Military History). This venerable book examines the "mystery" of the Baron's death Who killed the Red Baron? as well as this more current title RED BARON'S LAST FLIGHT: A Mystery Investigated. See my Listmania List for more recommendations!
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By Rick on November 9, 2014
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