The Red Baron
...a Photographic Album of the FWW's Greatest Ace, from Pen & Sword
Title: The Red Baron
Author: Terry C Treadwell
Publisher: Pen & Sword
A photographic album of the First World War's greatest ace, Manfred von Richthofen. A 157-page hardback from Air World Books, a part of Pen & Sword.
There have been plenty of books on the Red Baron over the years, without doubt the most famous German fighter pilot of WW1. This one doesn't attempt to record every detail of his life in the text, the story is provided but the heart of the book is the excellent collection of archive images that illustrate the man and his life/career. Split over two main chapters plus a third one that focuses on his Post-Mortem. Examining the various reports and accounts from witnesses of his final moments, it concludes how he was most likely killed by ground fire from a Lewis gunner. Add the this there are 2 appendices that give a table of detail of each of his many victories, along with a list (and pictures) of his large array of awards.
An interesting read as well as the fine collection of archive photos. He is seen in many situations, some of which include what look like quite friendly conversations with some of his victims. His study is also shown, adorned with souvenirs of his victories, most of which appear to be the serials, cut from the wreckage of the downed aircraft.
Of all the personalities that came to fame in WW1, perhaps it is the Red Baron who is the most well known. I remember being at an airshow a few years ago where a Luftwaffe RF-4E Phantom display aircraft had the callsign of 'Red Baron' on the day. An interesting photo collection that should be invaluable to anyone wishing to know more about the life of Manfred von Richthofen.
Thanks to Pen & Sword for our review copy.