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21 April 1918: The death of Manfred von Richthofen

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Beginning his wartime career on the Western Front in August 1916, Manfred von Richthofen, or the Red Baron as he became known, had shot down an impressive total of fifteen aircraft by January 1917, as well as being appointed commander of his own unit. By the time of his death in 1918, he had destroyed a staggering total of eighty Allied aircraft. From the perspective of the Allies, he was a deadly menace. For the Germans, he was a fighter pilot hero of legendary significance. This fascinating collection of rare images offers a fresh perspective on the Baron himself, as well as a number of his adversaries from the Allied side of the line.

Found by chance at a car boot sale by the author, an esteemed journalist and keen amateur aviator, this collection sat, mostly unused, for almost a century. This intriguing addition to the Images of War series is set to ignite new discussions about this most legendary of fighter aces as we mark the centenary anniversary of his death.

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23 April 1918: The Raid on Zeebrugge

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Voices From the Past: The Zeebrugge Raid 1918 – A Story of Courage and Sacrifice Told Through Newspaper Reports, Official Documents and the Accounts of Those Who Were There by Paul Kendall.

Approximately a third of all Allied merchant vessels sunk during the First World War were by German boats and submarines based at Brugge-Zeebrugge on the coast of Belgium. By 1918 it was feared that Britain would be starved into surrender unless the enemy raiders could be stopped.

A daring plan was therefore devised to sail directly into the heavily defended port of Zeebrugge and then to sink three obsolete cruisers in the harbour in the hope they would block German vessels from reaching the English Channel. The cruisers were also to be accompanied by two old submarines, which were filled with explosives to blow up the viaduct connecting the mole to the shore, whilst 200 Marines were to be landed to destroy German gun positions at the entrance to the Bruges Canal.

On 23 April the most ambitious amphibious raid of the First World War was carried out, told here through a huge collection of personal accounts and official reports on the bitter fighting which saw more than 500 British casualties from the 1,700 men who took part, and saw the awarding of eight Victoria Crosses.

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