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Description - The Red Baron by Barry Pickthall

Beginning his wartime career on the Western Front in August 1916, Manfred von Richthofen, or the Red Baron as he became known, had shot down an impressive total of fifteen aircraft by January 1917, as well as being appointed commander of his own unit. By the time of his death in 1918, he had destroyed a staggering total of eighty allied aircraft. From the perspective of the allies, he was a deadly menace. For the Germans, he was a fighter pilot hero of legendary significance. This fascinating collection of rare images offers a fresh perspective on the Baron himself, as well as a number of his adversaries from the Allied side of the line. Found by chance at a car boot sale by the author, an esteemed journalist and keen amateur aviator, this collection has sat, mostly unused, for almost a century. Until now. This intriguing addition to the Images of War series is set to ignite new discussions about this most legendary of fighter aces as we approach the centenary of his death, and the ending of the First World War, in 2018. AUTHOR: Barry Pickthall is a winner of the Whyte & Mackay Journalist of the Year Award and a keen amateur aviator, having flown in Tiger Moths with a friend since his college days. A former sports correspondent for The Times and Sunday Times newspapers, he has authored 26 books and continues to write exclusively for magazines across Europe, USA, South Africa and Australasia. Barry is also Managing Director of PPL Photo Agency, and is an avid collector of historic pictures. It was whilst browsing through a box of prints at a local car boot sale that he stumbled across a large collection of negatives taken during the First World War. Once blown up, these images provided the content for this publication. SELLING POINTS: An intriguing new collection of recently uncovered photographs depicting Manfred von Richthofen as well as a number of his adversaries from the Allied side of the line during World War I. Offers a new perspective on this legendary fighter pilot. A lively commentary sets each image in context, penned by the esteemed and awardwinning journalist Barry Pickthall. 80 illustrations

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781473833586
ISBN-10: 1473833582
Format: Paperback / softback
(246mm x 189mm x 0mm)
Pages: 128
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Publisher: Pen & Sword Books Ltd
Publish Date: 30-Aug-2015
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Barry Pickthall

Barry Pickthall is a winner of the Whyte & Mackay Journalist of the Year Award and a keen amateur aviator, having flown in Tiger Moths with a friend since his college days. A former sports correspondent for The Times and Sunday Times newspapers, he has authored 26 books and continues to write exclusively for magazines across Europe, USA, South Africa and Australasia. Barry is also Managing Director of PPL Photo Agency, and is an avid collector of historic pictures. It was whilst browsing through a box of prints at a local car boot sale that he stumbled across a large collection of negatives taken during the First World War. Once blown up, these images provided the content for this publication.

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