Knights of the Air

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Title: Knights of the Air
Creators: Fritzsche, Peter
Keywords: World War I
air warfare
Issue Date: 2005-05-11
Publisher: Ohio State University. Mershon Center for International Security Studies
Abstract: Starting with World War I, individual warriors found a new arena: the air. The “Red Baron” von Richthofen, for example, meticulously noted in his Diary the details of each “kill”, how he aimed at his adversary's fuel tanks to make sure he went down in flames, and how he sometimes landed beside the wreck to make sure it – and its pilot – would never fly again. The blatant joy in killing other human beings shines out from every page. Why?
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