Biography Of The Red Baron

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Register to read the introduction… The Red Baron was born May 2, 1892 to a rich, aristocratic Prussian family. He was expected to join the military right from the time he was …show more content…
He served for 3 years during peace-time before World War 1 started in 1914. He served mainly as a reconnaissance officer in the early years of the war but his adventurous attitude would soon lead him to pursue another course of action. He later would write in his diaries that “I have not gone to war to collect cheese and eggs, but for another reason”. (The German Way Pg 1) He was looking for another role that he could fill in which he would make a more visible impact. He saw his opportunity in 1915 when he joined the Air Force and became an observer in the rear seat of his aircraft. He would soon earn his spot as a pilot in the German Air Force and later in the History books as the most influential war pilot of all time. Looking back we can see just how immense of an impact he really had on the Germans and World War 1 in general. During his short 2 years of time in Combat as a pilot he became the most successful pilot, in terms of shot down aircraft, of all time. During his short 2 year combat time he downed more than 80 Allied Aircraft, a feat which has stood for 96 years. After each one of his kills he would have a silver trophy made with an …show more content…
He set a record for most aerial kills that has held for almost 100 years. His role in propaganda, however, could be argued as more important than his role as a combat fighter. He influenced so many lives in Germany, and struck fear into just as many British soldiers and pilots. He served his role as a pilot and more. He created a godlike figure with both his own success and that of the German Propaganda agency to prop him up as much as possible. He extended his reach far beyond just Europe, however, currently in the United States, in the 21st century we are learning about his impact on Germany and the war torn world. Throughout the First World War, Manfred von Richthofen (The Red Baron), was the most important militant who engaged in combat, on any front, due to his important role as a famous propaganda figure and his numerous kills before his untimely death in

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