Wednesday, July 27, 2011
"For a time I was delighted with bomb throwing..."
Manfred von Richthofen has remained one of the most romantic figures ever produced by war. Even those who think him one of the great villains of World War I still tend to regard him with an obvious respect. Credited with 80 aerial combat wins in the war, Richthofen still managed to make a controlled landing despite severe damage to his heart and lungs when he was finally shot down. Since his death, books and movie depictions or references to him continue to keep his or his plane's image in the popular consciousness. In any event, I took a long moment to produce this study of The Red Baron, another figure of what seems like a truly bygone era.