April 21, 2016

Today in History: “Red Baron” Manfred von Richthofen finally shot down (1918)

John RobsonResident Historian
 

On April 21, 1918, the “Red Baron” -- Manfred von Richthofen -- was finally shot down and killed. He’s since become something of a romantic cult figure. But really it makes no sense.

A talented and deadly flyer on the wrong side, a cold and distant man, he was very good at killing but not at living...

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commented 2016-04-22 09:32:12 -0400
Hey John. I miss the little Canadian history intro theme that used to start off your videos. It always gave me goosebumps and a rare feeling of Canadian pride.
commented 2016-04-22 03:08:59 -0400
Just about the entire world has forgiven Germany for the first world war. Heck, most people can’t even tell you the name of the guy in charge of Germany back then. Maybe making a video on the kaiser would be a good idea.

Billy Bishop was in my social studies textbook, back when I was in school.

The red baron is indeed a hero. Anybody that shoots down eighty planes and earns the blue max is a war hero. Just because the guy was not the kindest person, does not take away his contributions to the war. Besides, weren’t his flight techniques turned into teaching material for future pilots?

On a related note, there is a video game out there called Snoopy vs the red baron. It is a surprisingly good game, albeit designed for a younger audience.
commented 2016-04-21 21:58:53 -0400
Good report on the Red baron ! thanks
commented 2016-04-21 19:59:53 -0400
Professor ROBSON
Your class was short but enjoyable, love history,especially explorers etc
I my self hopped in to my canoe at Calgary in 1991and arrived at Winnipeg,took me 49 days but only 19 hours back to Calgary on the slow bus , it was a hoot !!!