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Book Reviews: The Red Knight of Germany

Written in 1927, less than 10 years after Richthofen’s death in World War I, Floyd Gibbons gives an up close look, time-wise, at the former cavalryman and avid hunter who became World War I’s “Ace-of-Aces.” The best part of the book is also one of its weakest. The author tracked down and interviewed many of the pilots who survived being shot down by the Red Baron for their side of the dogfight to compare with Richthofen’s own after action reports, which was fascinating. But about halfway through, it started to feel like the book had become just a long, detailed cataloging of the Baron’s 80 victories. Then I realized that pretty much was the sum total of this man’s entire life.  (4 of 5 Stars for Aviation Aficionados; 3 of 5 Stars for others)

The Red Baron of Germany on Amazon

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