A History in Pictures
192 pages. 150 black-and-white photos.
Norman Franks has written several well-received books about Rittmeister Manfred Freiherr von Richthofen, the Red Baron. Now, he publishes for the first time in one book 150 photos from his collection, associated with the Red Baron in World War One.
The book is organized into nine chapters by chronology, with a summary of that portion of the airman's career, followed by the relevant photos. Those seeking a detailed history of the Red Baron should see the author's previous works, although he does provide a few updates where new information has come to light.
Of course, there are many pictures of the Red Baron, both alone and with groups of pilots; there are pictures of his various aircraft; there are pictures of various landing fields and accommodations; and there are pictures of those he shot down and their (often wrecked) aircraft. His final flight is well documented with modern photos showing the area from multiple vantage points. The collection ends with photos of museum displays and private collections featuring Red Baron memorabilia.
If you are a Red Baron fan, this book is a must-have. Even if you are new to the topic, the text provides an excellent introduction to his career. Recommended.
Reviewed by Editor in Chief Bill .