The Red Battle Flyer

Narrated by:
Tom Weiss

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
January 2015
3 hours 48 minutes
Manfred Albrecht Freiherr von Richthofen (2 May 1892 - 21 April 1918), also widely known as the Red Baron, was a German fighter pilot with the Imperial German Army Air Service (Luftstreitkräfte) during World War I. He is considered the top ace of that war, being officially credited with 80 air combat victories.

Originally a cavalryman, Richthofen transferred to the Air Service in 1915, becoming one of the first members of Jasta 2 in 1916. He quickly distinguished himself as a fighter pilot, and during 1917 became leader of Jasta 11 and then the larger unit Jagdgeschwader 1 (better known as the "Flying Circus"). By 1918, he was regarded as a national hero in Germany, and was very well known by the other side.

Richthofen was shot down and killed near Amiens on 21 April 1918. There has been considerable discussion and debate regarding aspects of his career, especially the circumstances of his death. He remains perhaps the most widely known fighter pilot of all time. This recording is a short autobiography of Manfred von Richthofen. For information, the Ordre Pour le Mérite, was also known by the flyers as The Blue Max. (Summary by Wikipedia and Tom Weiss)
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Archie Worsham

The book was a simple war time account of the famous pilots war success.

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This was an interesting insight into the life and personality of an infamous man.

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Mark H.

Fascinating insight into WW1 air war and the Red Baron’s short life. Well narrated albeit a few technical glitches.

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Gordon F.

Interesting memories of AAA WHEN NO ONE HAD THOUGHT the trajectory of bullets toward attacking aircraft. Years later tactics were written in the blood of soldier and airman alike.

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Brandon W.

Interesting book. Possibly peppered with propaganda before translating to English. No complaints about reader.

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Robert Clarke

This person should not be narrating a book about this flier. Beter suited for maybe Dr Seuss book.

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