THE RED FIGHTER PILOT
BY MANFRED VON RICHTHOFEN
This is an edition of Manfred von Richthofen's 1917 book
Der Rote Kampfflieger
is based on the English language version originally translated by J. Ellis Barker and published in 1918 under the name
The Red Battle Flyer
.The book was published while World War One still raged and sufferedsomewhat from the propaganda and censorship of the time. UnfortunatelyCaptain von Richthofen, famously known as The Red Baron, did not survive thewar, and so this is the only work of its kind directly attributable to him. His ownopinion of his book was that it was too insolent, and before his death wrote thathe was no longer that kind of person.The original 1918 English edition preface by C.G. Grey is also interestingreading. It reveals much about attitudes which had changed little during four bloody years of war. The concept of honorable death at the hands of a "worthy"opponent was still very strong, even toward the end of the war.