The Red Baron

A History in Pictures

Norman Franks

* A consolidation of all the recorded images of the Red Baron, gathered here in an effort to tell his extraordinary story in pictures.

* Franks brings a wealth of expert knowledge to this subject area, having released several books in the past on this same individual.

* The book represents a reassessment of the man, through an active engagement
Date Published :
March 2022
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Illustration :
150 illustrations
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Binding. : Hardback
ISBN : 9781473861220
Pages : 200
Dimensions : 9.5 X 6.5 inches
Stock Status : In stock
Binding. : Paperback
ISBN : 9781399085236
Pages : 200
Dimensions : 9.1 X 6.1 inches
Stock Status : In stock
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Keen First World War aviation enthusiasts will be familiar with Norman Franks’ previous books covering the life of Rittmeister Manfred Freiherr von Richthofen, so why this new one? Well Manfred, the iconic Red Baron, has constantly remained at the forefront of First World War studies and, in commemorating the one hundred years that have elapsed since the beginning of hostilities, it seems like a good time to introduce a new arrangement of photographs covering the entire span of von Richthofen’s war (most of which will have been seen, but spread over a whole variety of books and magazines about First World War flying), consolidated in one book.

In the time that has elapsed since the release of Franks’ earlier titles on a similar theme, a constant trickle of new information has filtered down to him. Although none of it specifically challenges the conclusions drawn in earlier publications, in consolidating them here he’s been able to preserve some significant notes of interest.

Following a number of visits to Belgium and Northern France in recent years, Franks has managed to acquire additional images, illustrating the places in which the Red Baron lived and fought between 1916 and 1918. This collection represents the entire span of von Richthofen's recorded history in pictures, some new and lesser-known, some iconic and widely circulated; all housed here under one roof, for the very first time.

About The Author

Norman Franks is a respected historian and author. Previous titles for Pen and Sword include InThe Footsteps of the Red Baron (co-authored with Mike OConnor), The Fighting Cocks, RAF Fighter Pilots Over Burma, Dogfight, The Fallen Few of the Battle of Britain (with Nigel McCrery) and Dowdings Eagles. Over the course of his career, Frank has published some of the most compelling works on First World War fighter aviation, being one of the worlds leading authorities on the subject.

He lives in Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex.


“If you are a Red Baron fan, this book is a must-have. Even if you are new to the topic, the text provides an excellent introduction to his career. Recommended.”

- The Miniatures Page

"This nice, compact bio of Manfred von Richthofen includes a lot of photos of the Red Baron as well as associated Allied pilots and personalities mentioned in the text."

- Historical Miniatures Gaming Society

"The book itself is presented in a handsome hardbound package, using good quality paper for great photo reproduction, and a thoughtful, well organized overview from the beginning to the twilight days of this iconic airman."

- Large Scale Planes

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