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The Mother of Eagles: The War Diary of Baroness Von Richthofen

The Mother of Eagles: The War Diary of Baroness Von Richthofen
Autor: Sue Fischer
Data publikacji: 2004-09-00
ISBN: 9780764313073
Wydawca: Schiffer Publishing
Język: angielski
Oprawa: twarda
Liczba stron: 200
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Baroness Kunigunde von Richthofen originally published Mein Kriegstagebuch (My War Diary) in 1937, at a time when tales of heroes of the First World War inspired the youth of a country being prepared for a second war. Mother of Eagles is the culmination of the translation of the war diary, along with numerous facts and information not included in the original work. Follow the youth and wartime exploits of Manfred and Lothar, the leading German aces of World War I, through the eyes of their mother and a nation. Letters to the Barronness from each of her sons intially depict the wartime conditions on the ground, and then evolve into vivid details about the exhiliration of the hunt in the air for ever increasing numbers of enemy planes. This book will not only appeal to those interested in the Red Baron and his ace brother, Lothar, but to anyone who is interested in reading of the civilian life in Germany during the Great War. 

I highly recommend this book, which was written by Baroness Kunigunde von Richthofen, the mother of Manfred von Richthofen, better known as the Red Baron. What other legendary/mythical figure has a mother who has written a book about him? The Baroness also includes Manfred's siblings-Lothar, his younger and very competitive brother (who was also a flying ace--that's why the book is called "Mother of Eagles"), his older sister Ilse, who tended the wounded as a Red Cross nurse, and his kid brother Bolko, who was at a military school during the war, itching at the chance to be like his big brother. The Baroness brings Manfred down to earth, and more than once she mentions things that she probably thinks are endearing but that would probably make Manfred blush. That's just the way mothers are.

The translator, Sue Fischer, has done a tremendous amount of in-depth research and has added new facts, photographs, and information. She has studied the Richthofen family for many years and, unlike many writers of WWI aviation literature, is familiar with the social and cultural context of the war.

I think it would be very interesting to read this book in conjunction with Baron von Richthofen's autobiography; in his book you get a masculine view of the war; in the Baroness' book you get a very rare feminine view of the war. If you're looking for exciting accounts of aerial combat, this book is not for you, but if you would like a look into the personal side of the Ace of Aces, you will thoroughly enjoy the war diary of the "Mother of Eagles."

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