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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP05 Jun 2021 9:11 p.m. PST

"Legends about the "Red Baron," Germany's most prolific fighter ace of World War I, are so pervasive in the world's culture at this point that some people may believe the man and his exploits were nothing more than legend. The truth is, the Red Baron was very real, and his story may be even crazier than the legends that surround the name.

On May 2, 1892, Major Albrecht Philipp Karl Julius Freiherr von Richthofen (that's all one name) and his wife, Kunigunde von Schickfuss und Neudorff (also one name) had their second child–a son by the name of Manfred Albrecht Freiherr von Richthofen. Born into wealth and aristocracy, the youngest Richthofen made it clear from an early age that he had no intentions of resting on the laurels of his family name. He not only took to horse riding and gymnastics, for which he earned a number of awards, he also spent a lot of time hunting animals from elk to wild boar. Once his younger brothers were born, it wasn't long before Richthofen had them trailing behind him on his hunts as well…"
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Thresher0106 Jun 2021 6:36 a.m. PST

I remember reading about him as a young pup, years ago, and his story is indeed impressive.

That of his brother too.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP06 Jun 2021 2:34 p.m. PST



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