Knights of the Black Cross Author:Bryan Perrett The story about the young German pilots of the First World War, some of who became household names for both the German population and to many of those they pitted their skills against. Their photographs appeared on "Sanke" postcards which were sold to the public giving them a film star-like status.? Many of the pilots who rose to national and in... more »ternational fame became increasingly bitter and disillusioned at the growing ineptitude of their generals.?
They continued to fall in combat; the legendary Red Baron, Manfred von Richthofen, was shot down and killed at only 25 years old. A small number of these "Knights" survived the war. Some were to die between the wars by murder, or accident. Others were to fight again during the Second World War for the Third Reich, among them the notorious Hermann Goering.« less