When it comes to being a leader in battle my mind always runs remembering the greatest hero and warrior of the twentieth century: Manfred von Richthofen, der Rote Baron.
Being a leader in battle means many things, to own many qualities: as a man,
as a soldier, as a friend, as a nationalist, and as a thinker and writer.
Manfred had all these qualities, a true, foolhardy romantic hero, an aristocrat.
A supreme spirit guide, a professional who gave honour in battle even extending this honor to his enemies.
Hardly this character can be forgotten by true nationalists, that now more than
ever must rediscover the story of Manfred von Richthofen to understand values such as respect, trust, loyalty, duty to family and nation, and finally to understand the war itself.
-The Fokker Dr.I 152/17 piloted by Manfred Von Richthofen.
-Jasta 11: From Left Sebastian Festner, Karl-Emil Schafer, Manfred von Richthofen, Lothar von Richthofen, Kurt Wolff.
-Von Richthofen walks using a baton toward a Rumpler C.I. 633/15. This picture contains an important detail. In the midst of the two black crosses you may spot the Prince Friedrich Karl of Prussia, used to fly with Jasta 2 although not being assigned to it, piloting an Albatros DI 410/16 with a “totenkopf” symbol on the fuselage side, as you may see below:
-Manfred von Richthofen with Moritz, his Danish hound.
“The Red Baron’s Last Flight” by Franks and Bennet says p95 that “Von Richthofen’s dog Moritz was adopted by Lieutenant Alfred Gerstenberg, a former pilot in Jasta 11, who took him home to his farm. Many years later Moritz died there of old age. Gerstenberg became a Generalleutnant in the Luftwaffe in WW2 and died in 1959.”
More pictures with Moritz:
-Manfred after the plane crash that took place on 13 march 1918.
-Manfred von Richthofen with Kate Otersdorf , the only woman known that historical sources give as the one in some love affair with the Baron.
[to be continued…]