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Posted May 4, 2008
In the Footsteps of the Red Baron is one of several remarkable books in the Battleground Europe series published by Pen & Sword. Its authors, Mike O¿Connor and Norman Franks, have given us a terrific little volume about Manfred Von Richthofen, guiding us to the locations of airfields he flew from, his living quarters, his battles, and his death. A central purpose of the Battleground Europe titles is to serve as guides to those who wish to visit battle sites, and this work succeeds wonderfully. Much more than von Richthofen is covered here: He killed dozens of men in combat, and O¿Connor and Franks do a great service to those who met their death fighting him. The burial place of every known casualty is listed, and several biographies and photographs of the victims are given as well. There is also this: many of von Richthofen¿s opponents were too badly burned to be identified by the Germans, or their graves were later lost. Their names can be found on the Arras Memorial and are listed here. As is the case with all the books in this series, this one is very highly recommended even if¿and perhaps especially if¿you do not plan to tour the battle sites personally.
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