Von Richthofen: The Legend Evaluated

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Naval Institute Press, 1996 - History - 172 pages
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Of all the First World War's fighter aces, the legendary von Richthofen has captured the world's imagination more than any other pilot of that era. But was his reputation inspired by the Kaiser's propaganda machine or was the legend created by Allied pilots who were outfought by Germany's advanced technology rather than the Baron's pure combat skills in the air? In this book the author puts the facts behind the German ace's fighting record into a perspective with other famous fighter pilots of both World Wars. In World War Two the technical balances between the combatants were far more evenly weighted and tests of fighting skills were highly tactical, faster and more frequently lethal.
  

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Contents

Foreword
1
Two Records in the Richthofen Tradition
7
Know your Enemy
12
Heredity and Formative Years
22
War is Declared
28
The Reconnaissance Observer and Pilot
36
The Fighter Pilot
46
The Real Start of a Famous Career
53
A Rest then Manfred Returns to the Front
112
The Fokker Triplane Enters Service
120
In Action Again and the Fokker Triplanes Defects
125
Footprints on the Sands of Time
131
The Great Allied Fighter Leaders in 19141918
139
The Great Fighter Leaders in 19391945
147
The Korean War
155
Conclusions
158

Manfreds Attitude to Lothar
65
The Pace Quickens the Dangers Grow
68
The Lufistreitkraftes Record Month April 1917
75
Some British Aces
81
French Italian and American Aces 19141918
100
Manfred von Richthofens Victories
166
Bibliography
169
Index
171
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