Wall charts, history and European Identity

EU Culture Programme; Education and Culture DG

Richthofen in an aerial combat

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Series:

Der praktische Schulmann

Timeframe:

Zeitgeschichte

Scene of action:

Unknown

Illustrator:

Planck, W.

Publisher:

Der praktische Schulmann, Stuttgart

Year of publication:

1935

Themes:

War    Nationalism    European history   

The picture shows the fighter pilot Manfred von Richthofen (1892-1918) in an aerial fight against allied British fighters during WW I. On the left side you can see the grey biplanes of the allied troops – two of them crashing down. They were hit by the “Red Baron” how Richthofen was called because of his red painted airplane. The picture probably depicts the battle of 21st of April 1918, in which Richthofen was killed. During the Nazi-regime the death-day of Richthofen was celebrated as day of the air-force.