The Manfred Von Richthofen's Life and Accomplishments Essay

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The Great War began in 1914, when the Archduke of Austria was assassinated. During the 4 years that the war progressed over 37 million people were killed. During the First World War, there were many new technological advances, these advances increased both the casualty rate, and the importance for a national figure that could raise troop and civilian moral. Among these advances was the creation of the powered aircraft. The invention of aircraft could very possibly be the most important invention of the early 20th century. With the invention of trench warfare, much of the war was spent in trenches bunkered in so that the enemy could not reach you. Aircraft made many tasks much easier on the front line, including but not limited to, …show more content…
In 1903 when he was only 11 years old he started military training at a Prussian Military school. He completed his schooling 8 years later and joined a cavalry unit straight out of training when he was only 19 years old. He served for 3 years during peace-time before World War 1 started in 1914. He served mainly as a reconnaissance officer in the early years of the war but his adventurous attitude would soon lead him to pursue another course of action. He later would write in his diaries that “I have not gone to war to collect cheese and eggs, but for another reason”. (The German Way Pg 1) He was looking for another role that he could fill in which he would make a more visible impact. He saw his opportunity in 1915 when he joined the Air Force and became an observer in the rear seat of his aircraft. He would soon earn his spot as a pilot in the German Air Force and later in the History books as the most influential war pilot of all time. Looking back we can see just how immense of an impact he really had on the Germans and World War 1 in general. During his short 2 years of time in Combat as a pilot he became the most successful pilot, in terms of shot down aircraft, of all time. During his short 2 year combat time he downed more than 80 Allied Aircraft, a feat which has stood for 96 years. After each one of his kills he would have a silver trophy made with an engraving of the date and type of aircraft that he shot down. He continued

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