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Great War Ace Inactive Member27 Oct 2015 9:21 a.m. PST

Was reading up on the Napoleons. And in the volume containing "Reichstadt, Joseph Charles, duke of" ("Napoleon II"), I noticed an article on "Richthofen, Ferdinand" – I get distracted easily. The interesting thing here is that there is not the first mention of "Manfred von Richthofen". I was disbelieving. The 14th edition of the Britannica goes from 1929 through 1940. As famous as von Richthofen, "the Red Baron", is today, it seemed inconceivable that there would be no notice of him at all in the Britannica that many years after the "World War". I looked up Edward Vernon Rickenbacker, recipient of the Medal of Honor, November 6, 1930: No mention. WTH?

Anthony Fokker gets a very short passage, "… during the World War [he] supplied the German Army with flying material, notably the Fokker bi- and tri-planes". Whew! At least in "that world" Fokker was remembered, if only in the briefest passage possible.

The lack of reference to even the top "ace" of the 1WW, as late as 1940, in the world's most respected encyclopedia, is quite a revelation, to me at least.

What is important to wargamers isn't even on the radar of normal people….

Personal logo Patrick R Supporting Member of TMP27 Oct 2015 10:50 p.m. PST

Editorial oversight (accidental or not) is more common than you think, even in respected encyclopaedias.

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